India demands full data access from RIM

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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New Delhi, Feb 1: The troubles of BlackBerry makers Research in Motion (RIM) in India is not over yet as the government has rejected the offer of partial access to BlackBerry data services and is bent upon gaining full access.

Earlier in Jan 2011, RIM said that it had given the Indian Government access to its Messenger service ahead of the Jan 31 deadline. But it seems that is not enough for the Indian government who cite security reasons for the insistence on full access to BlackBerry Messenger as well as BlackBerry corporate email services.

In another addition to RIM's trouble, there are reports coming in that Pakistan has on Jan 31, asked its mobile phone operators to stop BlackBerry services to foreign missions amid concern about the security of the communications.

RIM"s encryption technology has raised concerns in several countries that BlackBerry may be used for terrorist attacks or other illegal activity. Apart from India, UAE and Saudi Arabia are also at loggerheads with RIM over its corporate email services and had threatened to ban the BlackBerry.

How the Indian government proceeds now and whether or not RIM agrees to provide full access to its data services remains to be seen.

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