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RIM offers to set up industry body to work with Indian Govt

Industry forum would work with Indian authorities for policies and process on access to encrypted communications

BlackBerry services face a ban in India if RIM and the government are not able to agree on access to communications.
BlackBerry services face a ban in India if RIM and the government are not able to agree on access to communications.

Research in Motion has approached the Indian government with a proposal to set up an industry forum on policies and procedures for lawful access to secure communications.

RIM's BlackBerry service is set to be banned in India from 31st August, as security authorities are concerned that they do not have access to communications via BlackBerry.

According to a statement from RIM, the proposal to establish an industry-wide forum is intended to reflect the fact that many other technology providers offer strong encryption of communications, whether fixed or wireless, and that any policies regarding access to secure communications should apply to all equally. The forum would work with the authorities to balance the regulatory requirements for access, with the need for confidentiality in corporate communications.

The company warned that any blanket banning of encryption could be disastrous for businesses in India: "Banning such strong encryption-based information and communications services would severely limit the effectiveness and productivity of India's corporations."

RIM also denied that it is able to provide a ‘master key' or ‘back door' to access BlackBerry communications, and that locating the BlackBerry Enterprise Server security infrastructure within India would enable authorities to monitor communications. The company also said that it has a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries.

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