India has access to BlackBerry messenger

Last Updated: Sat, Oct 02, 2010 04:18 hrs

The Indian government has manual access to Canadian Research in Motion's (RIM) BlackBerry messenger services and is hopeful of getting automated access from January 1, a top official said on Friday.

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India, which along with several other countries has expressed concerns that BlackBerry services could be used to stir political or social instability, had threatened RIM with a ban if it were denied access to data. "We have manual access to the messenger services. We want automated access and we are hopeful of getting that from January 1," said Home Secretary G K Pillai.

The home ministry said on August 30 that the Canadian firm had offered several ways to allow authorities to monitor BlackBerry communications.

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