RIM confident of resolving security concerns

By : Reuters
Last Updated: Sat, Nov 20, 2010 18:40 hrs

Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, said on Friday it was confident India’s security concerns could be resolved to its mutual satisfaction and that it had consistent global standards for lawful access, which did not include "special deals for specific countries."

In a campaign driven by fear that unmonitored communication posed a security threat, India has threatened to shut off RIM’s encrypted email and instant messaging services unless it gained access to them, .

In a customer update, the Canadian firm said it sought to address what it termed as inaccurate rumours and speculation about a possible ban on its enterprise service.

"RIM and the Government of India have had constructive discussions over the past several months and we are pleased with the progress," the statement said.

"There has never been a ban imposed on any BlackBerry service in India and all services continue to be fully available today," it said.

It said its security architecture was the same globally and the company had no ability to provide customers’ encryption keys.

"We share a common interest in continuing to satisfy the legitimate security needs of corporate and government customers, while also acknowledging the equally legitimate need for law enforcement agencies to investigate illegal activities within the globally accepted norms of lawful access practices," it said.

RIM averted a ban in India, the world’s fastest growing mobile market, in August. Late last month, New Delhi said RIM had set up an interim arrangement for lawful interception of BlackBerry Messenger services and assured a final solution by January-end.

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