Thursday, The Economic Times reported that smartphone maker Research in Motion (RIM) had agreed to "install a network data analysis system" at its places of business in India that would allow Indian regulators to lawfully intercept the services offered on BlackBerry devices. The story indicated that the system was RIM's answer to the government's demand for a "final solution" for the security concerns regulators have been voicing for some time.
Just as quickly, however, RIM refuted the reports. According to PCMag.com, the company is adamant that there has been "no change in the security model for BlackBerry Enterprise server; RIM also denies that there is a Jan. 31 deadline for compliance with the Indian government's requirements.
But if RIM hasn't made any changes, did the ET pull its report from thin air? Not necessarily. A statement from RIM indicates the report stemmed from "confusion over terminology and a lack of understanding about the different security models inherent in BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Enterprise Service."
And the "network data analysis system"? RIM's name for a tool that allows Indian regulators access to RIM's consumer services, including BlackBerry Messenger. The company was quick to point out that its competitors in India are required to provide the government with similar tools.