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No solution with BlackBerry yet to intercept mails

Research In Motion, the Canadian maker of BlackBerry, has not been able to come up with a solution to enable security agencies to intercept enterprise mails in readable format, raising questions over the continuation of the corporate email service next month.

delhi Updated: Aug 21, 2010 01:31 IST
Manoj Gairola

Research In Motion, the Canadian maker of BlackBerry, has not been able to come up with a solution to enable security agencies to intercept enterprise mails in readable format, raising questions over the continuation of the corporate email service next month.

The Home Ministry had set out a 31 August deadline for mobile service providers such as Airtel and Vodafone to come up with a solution. The security establishment had made it clear that services which cannot be intercepted by agencies would have to be stopped.

Home Secretary G.K. Pillai is expected to convene a meeting next week to review the progress made in discussions with phone operators and RIM.

Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has suggested that BlackBerry’s Enterprise mail can possibly be monitored by feeding back a clear email from enterprise email server to monitoring system located to the location of telecom service provider.

“This is not going to work as emails are encrypted at the devices. DoT’s solution is not yet tested,” said an official of one of the Intelligence agencies.

RIM officials have informed the ministry of home that in all such emails there is no control of service providers once service shave been implemented.

Earlier, RIM had said in an official statement that it was not in a position to give access of an Enterprise customer to a third party as it did not possess any master key.

BlackBerry has close to one million customers in India.The government has given it an ultimatum to allow interception of emails to security agencies.