India has given BlackBerry’s Research in Motion (RIM) another 90 days to come up with a final solution that will give the country’s intelligence agencies complete access to all services offered on its handsets. The new deadline will be the end of January 2011. RIM was originally given an October deadline to hand over the encryption keys and codes of its corporate mail and messaging services to Indian security. The government subsequently accepted RIM’s offer to ‘full and partial solutions’ for different applications, including messenger services and corporate emails, which the security agencies were to test over a 60 day period. But, in subsequent meetings between representatives of the company and government officials, it was agreed that RIM would offer interim solutions designed to temporarily address the concerns of security agencies.
India’s Ministry of Home Affairs has indicated to RIM that an ultimate solution lies only in setting up a domestic server. RIM has not yet responded to this specific demand. The extension of the deadline would also enable mobile phone operators as well as the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to integrate the solutions provided by RIM into a centralised monitoring system that India is setting up to track all communications traffic. There are over one million BlackBerry subscribers in India.
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