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BlackBerry-maker gets time till Dec 31 to end deadlock

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Concern persists over e-mail and messaging services.

Our Bureau

New Delhi, Oct. 12

BlackBerry users can continue to use all the services available on the device with the Government agreeing to extend the deadline for complying with security related issues till December 31.

This is the second time the Government is extending the deadline for Research In Motion, the makers of BlackBerry devices. 

The Ministry of Home Affairs had earlier set August 31 as the deadline and then extended it till October 31. 

The decision to extend the deadline once again was taken after a high-level meeting between the MHA, RIM and the Department of Telecommunications.

The MHA has been insisting that any communication through the telecom networks should be accessible to the law enforcement agencies and all telecom service providers, including third parties, have to comply with this rule.

‘Unfair'

While security agencies can already monitor voice data, SMS, general e-mails being sent through BlackBerry devices, concerns were raised about BlackBerry e-mail and messaging services as these were highly encrypted.

While RIM has offered a solution to access messenger services, it is yet to offer a solution for the corporate email services.

RIM has been saying that this is not an issue linked to BlackBerry alone as there are other companies in the market that uses high encryption.

They said that it was unfair that the Government was singling it out for the ban.

The Canadian Government has also written another letter to the Communications and IT Minister, Mr A. Raja, stating that any move to ban BlackBerry e-mail services will be against international standards for encryption.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated October 13, 2010)
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