Govt extends BlackBerry deadline by 2 months

Written by: Abdul Nisar
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New Delhi, Aug 31: The Indian government extended BlackBerry maker, Research in Motion's (RIM), deadline for 60 days on Monday, Aug 30. At the same time government will assess the RIM's proposal for lawful access to its data.

The decision was taken at a meeting chaired by Union home secretary GK Pillai and attended by technical intelligence experts. Earlier, Home Ministry officials had met RIM representatives to discuss about the proposals.

The Canadian smartphone maker will implement full and partial solutions for different applications, including messenger services and corporate emails, which the security agencies will test over the next 60 days. But some of the officials told that the RIM will have to ultimately set up a local server to have its full services continue beyond Nov 2010.

The extension of the deadline will enable one million BlackBerry users in India to continue using their corporate email and instant messaging services. After the announcement of government's deadline of Aug 31, the sale of BlackBerry smartphones have declined in India.

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