RIM allows India to monitor BlackBerry services - report

Indian security agencies reportedly get green light from Research In Motion.
RIM allows India to monitor BlackBerry services - report
INDIA MOVE: Research in Motion has agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor its BlackBerry services. (Getty Images)
By Reuters
Tue 03 Aug 2010 07:31 AM

Research in Motion has agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor its BlackBerry services, The Economic Times newspaper reported on Tuesday, after pressure from governments worried about national security.

RIM has offered to share with Indian security agencies its technical codes for corporate email services, open up access to all consumer emails within 15 days and also develop tools in six to eight months to allow monitoring of chats, the paper said, citing internal government documents.

RIM will provide further details on its proposals to the Indian telecoms ministry on Tuesday, the newspaper said.

A RIM India spokesman had no immediate comment on the report while a Telecoms Ministry spokesman could not immediately be reached for comment.

RIM on Monday pledged to satisfy the security needs both of customers and governments, a day after the UAE threatened to cut off some BlackBerry services because authorities could not access encrypted messaging data.

India has raised security concerns with BlackBerry services, but is not planning a ban, the country's internal security chief said last week, adding the company had assured them that it would be addressing Indian government's concerns.

The news drove RIM's Nasdaq-listed shares down as much as 2.7 percent on Monday, before they recovered to trade down less than 1 percent as some analysts said they were optimistic that the security issue could be resolved. (Reuters)

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