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India sets deadline for BlackBerry ban

Indian authorities to ban BlackBerry services from 31st August if operators cannot give access to communications

India sets deadline for BlackBerry ban
Indian authorities are pushing for access to BlackBerry communications in India.

Indian authorities have imposed a 31st August deadline for RIM to give access to data from BlackBerry services in the country or risk a ban.

According to Reuters, the Indian Department of Telecommunications has contacted operators in the country telling them that they must give access to messages from BlackBerry Messenger and emails by

The news agency said that a technical team from RIM is due to meet officials from the telecommunications ministry and intelligence agencies today, according to a senior government source.

At least three of India's mobile operators, who serve around one million BlackBerry users in the country, confirmed they had been informed of the deadline, including Tata Teleservices.

Reuters quoted an interior security official as saying: "The onus is on service providers to ensure that they have some sort of interception mechanism in place before the deadline ends. It is binding upon them and the DoT (department of telecommunications), which is the nodal agency, will ensure that it is followed strictly in the interest of national security."

Indian authorities have been seeking greater access to communications made via BlackBerry services for some time, in part due to the use of BlackBerry devices to co-ordinate the 2008 terror attacks on Mumbai.

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