The Economic Times
1 July 2010
NEW DELHI: Security concerns associated with the services of BlackBerry,
the smartphone used by nearly a million customers in India, have come to
the fore again, raising the possibility of a fresh standoff between the
Canadian service provider and the government.
The government plans to give BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM)
15 days to ensure that its email and other data services comply with
'formats that can be read by security and intelligence agencies' after
its spooks recently raised a red flag against the popular handset, said
department of telecom (DoT) officials familiar with the matter.
Senior officials of key security agencies in a recent meeting argued
that the continuation of BlackBerry services in the present format
presents a danger to the country, said these persons who were part of
the discussions. The meet was chaired by home secretary GK Pillai and
attended by representatives of the home ministry, DoT, intelligence
agencies and the National Technical Research Organisation (NTRO).
The government's move is surprising because it had said in late 2008
that all security concerns associated with these devices have been
resolved. The government had then, too, threatened to ban the Canadian
company's services in India.
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