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BlackBerry must give access to BES too by Aug 31: govt

business Updated: Aug 17, 2010 23:17 IST
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Even as mobile phone maker BlackBerry agreeed to provide a solution to its messenger services, government on Tuesday maintained its deadline of August 31 still holds good if the company does not provide mail interception facilities too.

Official sources said the Research In Motion, makers of the phones, had been conveyed in no uncertain terms that they have to provide interception to its BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) by August 31 or face shutdown of its operations.

Asked whether some concession would be given as the RIM, a Canada-based firm, had agreed to provide manual interception facilities for its messenger services, the sources said the phone makers will have to provide a solution to BES as well by August 31, failing which the plug will be pulled.

Home Ministry officials today began "technical discussion" with representatives of RIM to sort out the differences and some more meetings will take place in the next few days.

The BlackBerry mobile phone maker has already agreed to provide security agencies partial access to its messenger services by September one and would complete the project by the end of the year.

Initially, BlackBerry had agreed to provide manual details to law enforcement agencies and the same would be made available by the year-end, the sources said.

The Canadian smartphone maker had suggested 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.

RIM officials are understood to have met Secretary of the Department of Telecomm P J Thomas and believed to have given a presentation on the issue.