RIM Gets Two Months' Breathing Room in India

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When we last checked on BlackBerry maker Research In Motion, the Canadian company was scrambling to avoid being blocked in India. The country's officials are concerned that they cannot monitor encrypted BlackBerry messaging data because the RIM servers that process that data are not within India's borders.


So last week, the company offered to host an industry-wide forum geared toward reaching a solution that would address India's security concerns with the privacy concerns of BlackBerry users in the country. And this week, RIM has earned itself a 60-day reprieve. The New York Times reports government officials will test RIM's proposals for law enforcement access to the data for two months before making a decision.


In a statement, India's ministry of home affairs indicated that the proposed solutions would be made operational as soon as possible and that their "feasibility" would be determined soon after.Though it was not clear what proposals RIM actually made to government officials, the company has maintained from the beginning that it could not crack encrypted corporate messages that came through its servers because the tools for doing so resided on servers owned not by RIM, but by the individual corporations.


Whatever solution is reached, it makes sense that RIM would offer the same solutions to other countries that are clamoring for the ability to monitor e-mail and other messages that are sent and received on BlackBerry devices.

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