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RIM sets up in Mumbai to help snoop Indian BlackBerry data

updated 06:40 pm EDT, Thu October 27, 2011

RIM opens 'snooping center' in Mumbai

As part of its requirements to let Indian government safety officials monitor messages sent through its BlackBerry handsets, RIM has set up a facility in Mumbai. Despite this, the authorities remain unhappy, however, sources told the Wall Street Journal. The facility will attempt to decrypt messages sent by particular individuals that have been forwarded along by the government.

RIM can intercept individual messages sent over BlackBerry Messenger chat. India is reportedly fairly happy with the setup, but also wishes it could decode messages itself and conduct surveillance without revealing suspect names to RIM, the contacts said.

BlackBerry enterprise e-mail also still can't be spied on. The Indian government is less adamant about this than it has been previously, as smartphone growth is occurring mainly in the home and not the enterprise market. India has threatened RIM with a shutdown of its business if it doesn't allow access to messages.

India is also reportedly looking into putting an employee on RIM's Canadian premises to handle the surveillance requests. It's not clear how far this has gone, however.

by MacNN Staff



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