BlackBerry agrees to monitoring of services, govt grants 60-day relief

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    NEW DELHI: Faced with an August 31 government deadline, BlackBerry mobile phone maker Research In Motion (RIM) today gave in promising access to Indian security agencies to monitor all its services with immediate effect.

    The government, meanwhile, says it won't ban BlackBerry services for at least 60 days, easing up on the threat leveled over access to encrypted data.

    The Ministry of Home Affairs says it will ``review the situation in 60 days,'' after telecom authorities examine Research In Motion's proposals to give security agencies greater access to corporate e-mail and instant messaging.

    RIM is facing widespread concern over its strong data encryption, which is beloved by corporate customers eager to guard secrets but troublesome for some governments in the Middle East and Asia, which worry it could be used by militants to avoid detection.

    Nearly two months after insisting that it does not have the provision to grant access for such monitoring, RIM made certain proposals for lawful access of BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) and BlackBerry Messenger Services (BBM) by the law enforcement agencies.

    RIM's response came after the Home Ministry made it clear that Blackberry has to shut down its operations in the country from September one if it failed to provide access to monitoring of its messenger services.

    "RIM has made certain proposals for lawful access by law enforcement agencies and this would be operationalised immediately. The feasibility of the solutions offered would be assessed thereafter," a Home Ministry statement said.

    The Ministry has made it clear that any communication through the telecom networks should be accessible to the law enforcement agencies and all telecom service providers including third-parties have to comply with this, it said.

    BlackBerry agrees to monitoring of services, govt grants 60-day relief - India - The Times of India

    BB surrendered :angry_1:
    This is why i like this Home Minister :emot112:, except for few things
     
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