RIM seeks one month to resolve BlackBerry issues news
16 May 2008

Mumbai: Research in Motion, the vendor of BlackBerry smart phones, has promised to resolve Indian security concerns about the wireless e-mail devices' use in a month's time.

"RIM has promised the government that they will come out with a solution in a month," telecom minister A Raja told reporters.

The government has held a series of meetings with Canada-based RIM and mobile operators in India after security agencies raised concerns that e-mails sent through BlackBerry devices could not be traced or intercepted.

Reports, meanwhile, said RIM might allow the government to intercept non-corporate e-mails sent over Blackberry smart phones.

The BlackBerry smart phones are capable of encrypting data at very high levels of 256 bits whereas government agencies are able to intercept and decode data encrypted at up to 40 bits only. 

The government intercepts data purely for security reasons and the use of BlackBerry smart phones would make this impossible.

The government has so far proposed several solutions, including that RIM either hand over the decryption keys or else reduce encryption to 40 bits.

Reports, meanwhile, said RIM is considering giving access to individual users' emails to the government. 

Reports also said that San Jose-based Cain Technologies and SS8 Networks  will be demonstrating their interception equipment to DoT and the Intelligence Bureau (IB).

If the demonstrations are successful, the Indian government will get RIM to install the interception solution on Indian mobile networks that offer Blackberry services.

DoT may also drop its earlier demand for RIM to set up servers in India.

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RIM seeks one month to resolve BlackBerry issues