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India says BlackBerry Messenger snooping not effective

updated 11:30 am EDT, Wed March 16, 2011

India wants more than just access to BBM service

The ongoing security concerns saga in India over BlackBerry Messenger service continues, with the latest being that security agencies remain unsatisfied. Junior telecoms minister Sachin Pilot made the statement during a parliament meeting on Wednesday. The government security agency remains bent on getting access to RIM's corporate e-mail service, something RIM has said is impossible multiple times.

RIM gave India access to its home services such as non-corporate e-mail and Messenger services in January. It had until the end of that month to meet a deadline imposed by the Indian government under threat of a services shutdown. RIM has maintained the encryption keys in corporate e-mail are only accessible by the users on either end of a conversation, making it impossible even for RIM to get special access.

India is concerned that secure communications such as these can be used to organize militant attacks against the government, or send otherwise illegal content over the secured network. The argument has persisted in spite of evidence that much of the coordination came through easily visible text messages.

by MacNN Staff



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