Install server or end BlackBerry services: Govt

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, Aug 23: India asked Research in Motion (RIM), BlackBerry maker, to install it's server in India for tracking its messenger and enterprise mail service.

Earlier, facing a deadline of Aug 31 to solve the security issue with government, RIM officials offered to provide information on a deferred basis. RIM told that they will provide details of the BlackBerry phones needed to be monitored and the firm in turn will decrypt the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and BlackBerry Enterprise mail Service (BES) of the smart phones in question.

RIM also offered to provide information through a non-human interface using the cloud computing environment. But Indian government rejected all proposals and asked them to install server and a real time information rather than a deferred one in the interest of national security.

The Government is firm that any proposal of RIM would be accepted only after security agencies are satisfied with the technology of interception.

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