Blackberry may bend to prevent blocking

Blackberry may bend to prevent blocking

Official sources without elaborating said the Canadian smartphone maker had proposed certain ways to address India's security concerns over BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) and BlackBerry Messenger Services (BBM) for which it is seeking access in the country.

This figured when RIM Vice-President Robert E Crowe met Home Secretary G K Pillai today. However, the Indian side made it clear that it would take a decision only after its experts evaluate the proposal.

Crowe, who led a three-member delegation, discussed Government's August 31 deadline for RIM and telecom operators to address its security concerns.
Government had warned that failure by service providers and RIM to comply with its direction would result in some of the mobile phone's popular services being shut down in the country.

The Centre wants RIM to make available lawful interception of BES and BBM to security agencies.

"I am optimistic," Crowe told reporters after a half-an- hour meeting with Pillai. In a letter to to the Department of Telecom (DoT) Secretary P J Thomas, Pillai had asked him to convey to the operators and RIM that a technical solution to make available lawful interception of BES and BBM must be found out by the stated deadline.

There are an estimated one million BlackBerry subscribers in the country. In Toronto, RIM in a statement on Thursday said it would allow Indian security agencies only to do legal monitoring of data of its subscribers, although India has asked the smartphone vendor to provide access to e-mail and messenger data.

Last week, BlackBerry had made a fresh attempt to break the logjam over its services in India by offering "metadata" and relevant information to security agencies which would enable them to lawfully intercept communication on such phones but it failed to enthuse them.

RIM representatives explained that BlackBerry mobile device sends encrypted emails, which is sent to BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) located with the service provider.
BES decrypts messages and sends it to the email server of the service provider where it remains stored in decrypted form. Then it is pushed to the BlackBerry device in encrypted form.

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