Research in Motion Clarifies Position in India

Lora Bentley

In my latest update post on the situation smartphone maker Research in Motion faces in India, I cited Slash Gear and an Economic Times article. Both reported that the Indian government was still unsatisfied with RIM's efforts to provide officials with a means of monitoring e-mail sent from and received on BlackBerry devices.


I said, in part:


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RIM maintains that it does not "have the keys" to give the government access to the data. Moreover, the company has told Indian officials that blocking RIM services will not improve the country's security. In fact, it will merely "induce the legion of Internet offenders to migrate to... alternate encryption solutions."

But in RIM's view, those stories-and thus, my post-did not include the whole story. Shortly after the post went live on IT Business Edge, I received an e-mail from RIM Communications clarifying the company's position:

Although the details of any regulatory discussions between RIM and the Government of India are confidential, RIM can confirm that discussions continue to be constructive and RIM remains optimistic that a positive outcome can be achieved. RIM also confirms that it continues to approach lawful access requirements in India within the framework of the core principles that were publicly communicated by RIM on August 12.

If nothing else, it's clear RIM is not giving up on India.

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