RIM agrees to hand over its encryption keys to India..Police State


BlackBerry maker Research in Motion’s (RIM) four-year standoff with the Indian government over providing encryption keys for its secure corporate emails and popular messenger services is finally set to end.

RIM recently demonstrated a solution developed by a firm called Verint that can intercept messages and emails exchanged between BlackBerry handsets, and make these encrypted communications available in a readable format to Indian security agencies, according to an exchange of communications between the Canadian company and the Indian government.

This satisfies India’s core demand that RIM provide intelligence and security agencies with automatic solutions to monitor all communication on BlackBerry smartphones on a real-time basis, an official aware of the development said.

“I can confirm that RIM is providing an appropriate lawful access solution that enables India’s telecom operators to be legally complaint with respect to their BlackBerry consumer traffic,” said a company spokesman. But he said there was no access to secure encrypted BlackBerry enterprise communications or corporate emails as these were accessible only to the owners of these services.

Correspondence reviewed by ET, however, shows that the solution demonstrated by RIM can intercept all BlackBerry services. A telecom department official also confirmed that corporate emails would form part of the services that the government will be able to monitor.

The Canadian smartphone maker, which had set up servers and other interception facilities in Mumbai last year after India had threatened to shut down BlackBerry services, has now handed over this infrastructure to Indian agencies, internal government documents reviewed by ET reveal.


here you go guys..you can now spy on all emails and messages and internet usage for anyone using a blackberry..how satisfying for the indian government that must be..and what a sell out from RIM..


~ by seeker401 on August 6, 2012.

2 Responses to “RIM agrees to hand over its encryption keys to India..Police State”

  1. RIM is dying and they can’t afford a country with an outstanding number of BlackBerry subscribers to block their service. Logically it is a business decision rather than an intelligence decision from RIM’s side, and India are well aware of this fact and are using it against RIM.

    On the other hand, the cyber world is full of encrypted message transfers and the like, take for example Apple iMessage.. I seriously doubt that if India is doing this for counter terrorism, it will succeed in thwarting of the terrorists, who will simply switch to another “safe” protocol.

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