RIM Gives India Access to Consumer Messaging Service

Lora Bentley

While Apple and Microsoft battle it out over the "app store" trademark, Research in Motion continues to work with government officials in India to ensure that its BlackBerry devices are not banned from the country in the name of national security.


In December, rumors flew that RIM had agreed to install "a network data analysis system" at its places of business in India. Reports said the system would give government officials access to messages sent via BlackBerry services in the country. But RIM was quick to deny those rumors, noting that there was no change in the security model for BlackBerry Enterprise Server.


The network data analysis system, the company explained, is simply RIM's name for a tool that gives government officials access to the consumer services it offers.


This week, the INQUIRER reports RIM is confirming that Indian regulators now have access to its consumer messaging services, like BlackBerry Messenger. Corporate e-mail, however, is still inaccessible.


As writer Lawrence Latif puts it:

RIM hopes that its concession will be enough to appease the Indian government and not alienate its customers.

If the government agrees to the solution, he says, it will likely expect similar access to services from other providers.

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