RIM Gives India Access to BlackBerry Messenger Services, But Not Email

By January 13th, 2011 AT 5:26 PM

After the on-going controversy from last several months over BlackBerry Services in India, Research In Motion (RIM) submitted another proposal to the Indian security agencies on lawful interception of BlackBerry Enterprise (BES) and Messenger Services (BBM).

Research In Motion (RIM) today said it had given a solution ahead of a January 31st which is target date that enables Indian wireless carriers lawful access to consumer services including the BlackBerry Messenger, but excluding access to corporate emails.

The company said that ” The lawful access capability now available to RIM’s carrier partners meets the standard required by the government of India for all consumer messaging services offered in the Indian marketplace.”

“We also wish to underscore, once again, that this enablement of lawful access does not extend to BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES), which is essentially an enterprise VPN solution, referring to its corporate email server.

Earlier RIM was said that BlackBerry Enterprise Service customers create their own key and RIM does not possess any master key to decode the data. The encrypted traffic is delivered through RIM’s servers, based mostly in Canada, though corporate clients can choose to host their servers elsewhere.

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Thats the beauty of it. Even though someone does not use something or know how it works, or even the implications of what they are saying, they will not resist the temptation to pass so called patriotic comments. Personally, even I do not use or need a Blackberry at this time. But is it really so difficult for who don’t to know its usefulness to others and the very dangerous path the government is taking? Its all an eyewash to avoid addressing real issues.


I beg to disagree with the bloggers. i own a bb and find it really important for my line of work. Also i handle a lot of sensitive data which if released to competitors will cost my org a lot of monies. being constantly on the move bb is an essential method for me to be in touch with my office in real time basis. i am not sure if the ppl who comment on TT come froma similar background and have a justified right to comment on BB and RIM. i agree with S R’s point of govt snooping… Read more »

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