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5 days to go, BlackBerry has no solution

Five days before its deadline, Research In Motion (RIM), the company that owns BlackBerry, does not have any concrete solution to offer the home ministry on interception of enterprise mails by security agencies.

delhi Updated: Aug 26, 2010 00:12 IST
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Five days before its deadline, Research In Motion (RIM), the company that owns BlackBerry, does not have any concrete solution to offer the home ministry on interception of enterprise mails by security agencies.

BlackBerry officials will meet home ministry officials on Friday.

The government has set a deadline of August 31 for RIM to provide access to the security agencies to intercept its enterprise mails and messenger services.

"The company does not have any solution that it can offer to security agencies to intercept mails. So how can it offer any solution to the home ministry," said a source close to the company. The RIM spokesperson declined comment.

Earlier, the company had officially stated that it was not in a position to give access to enterprise mail to a third party as it did not possess any master key.

"The BlackBerry security architecture for enterprise customers is based on a symmetric key system whereby the customer creates their own key and only the customer ever possesses a copy of their encryption key. RIM does not possess a "master key", nor does any "back door" exist in the system that would allow RIM or any third party to gain unauthorised access to the key or corporate data," said the company in a statement.

BlackBerry has close to 1 million customers in India.

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