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RIM escapes BlackBerry ban in India

Ministry of Home Affairs says firm has offered solutions that allow lawful access

India won't ban BlackBerry services for at least 60 days while it tests out solutions offered by RIM.
India won't ban BlackBerry services for at least 60 days while it tests out solutions offered by RIM.

New Delhi has decided to postpone the decision to shut down BlackBerry services in the country after Research In Motion offered India a solution that allows authorities to access to secure BlackBerry data.A statement by India's Ministry of Home Affairs, released today, clarifies: "RIM have made certain proposals for lawful access by law enforcement agencies and these would be operationalized immediately. The feasibility of the solutions offered would be assessed thereafter. "The solution will now be adopted and reviewed by the Indian Department of Telecommunications over the next 60 days, with a server being located within the country. "Ministry of Home Affairs have made it clear 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," the statement added.  India had set an August 31st deadline for RIM to provide a workable way for the government to monitor and read BlackBerry communications.On Sunday, RIM said that it had offered to set up an industry body to work on policies and procedures to balance authorities demands to monitor encrypted services with the needs of businesses for secure communications. The company also denied that it has any ‘back door' access to BlackBerry communications or that setting up servers in any given country would make it easier for the authorities in that country to monitor communications.

Closer to home, Saudi Arabia also recently reached a deal with RIM on access to the BlackBerry Messenger instant messaging service.  The United Arab Emirates have raised similar concerns, setting an October 11th deadline for RIM to comply to their demands and concerns.