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India sets Jan deadline for BlackBerry access: report

Research In Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, has been given a new deadline of January 31 by the Indian government for a final solution to get access to all its services

business Updated: Oct 12, 2010 08:27 IST

Research In Motion, the maker of the BlackBerry smartphone, has been given a new deadline of January 31 by the Indian government for a final solution to get access to all its services, the Economic Times reported.

RIM has to give a solution within the deadline to give the country's intelligence agencies complete access to all the services offered on its handsets, the newspaper said on Tuesday, citing an interior ministry note.

BlackBerry has granted India's government manual access to its Messenger service and has promised automated access by Jan. 1, enabling authorities to track such messages in real time, the country's top interior ministry official had said on Oct 1.

India, one of the world's fastest growing mobile telephone markets, also wants access to encrypted email traffic sent via Research In Motion's enterprise servers.

The BlackBerry maker says its system is designed so that only the sponsoring business or organization has the technical capability to grant such access.