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RIM offers interception solution using Cloud Computing

With the approaching deadline to offer complete solution for monitoring of its contents by January 31, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has offered lawful interception in its security architecture through cloud computing from Indian operators.

business Updated: Jan 04, 2011 11:04 IST

With the approaching deadline to offer complete solution for monitoring of its contents by January 31, BlackBerry maker Research in Motion (RIM) has offered lawful interception in its security architecture through cloud computing from Indian operators.

Cloud computing is Internet-based service, whereby shared servers provide software and data to computers and other
devices on demand.

RIM infrastructure is ready to receive and process through the cloud computing-based system, lawfully intercepted
BlackBerry Messenger data from Indian service providers, the Canada-based firm said in a letter to the government.

Earlier, RIM had assured the Government that they will provide the 'final solution' for the lawful interception of
BlackBerry Messenger services by January 31, 2011. The company has said that this was the understanding that they were to put in place the system by January 31.

According to sources in the know, the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked the Intelligence Bureau (IB) to validate the
technology (cloud computing) being offered by RIM.

BlackBerry has over one million subscribers in India, which is one of the fastest growing markets in the world in
terms of new subscriber additions.

The Canada-based company made it clear that its security systems are still cutting edge by saying, "RIM maintains a
consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries.

Last year, RIM had assured the Government that it would provide a final solution for lawful interception of BlackBerry
Messenger services by January next year. The project is likely to be completed by the end of January 2011.

With regard to Blackberry's Enterprise mail service, however, it had asserted that the company had no ability to
provide customers' encryption keys.

With respect to the same issue, Robert E Crow, Vice President, Industry, Government and University Relations, RIM,
had met Home Minister P Chidambaram and explained the status of its project.

Company had also claimed that there was no deadline from the government and it was RIM that had said it would work with
operators to ensure that security agencies were able to intercept BlackBerry Messenger data.

The company had also asserted that there was "no change" in its security architecture and sought to dispel talks of its
ban in India as mere rumours.

The rumours around BlackBerry services stems from the fact that Indian government had earlier asked Blackberry to
provide complete access or face a ban.