BlackBerry services are likely to survive beyond the August 31 deadline set by the Indian government. The Canadian maker of BlackBerry phones, Research in Motion (RIM), has told the government it will provide security agencies access to BlackBerry Messenger from September 1.
"RIM has agreed to provide manual access to the BlackBerry Messenger service from September 1. This would be upgraded to automatic access from November," a senior government source said on Monday.
In the initial phase, security agencies would have to ask RIM officials for data transmitted by an identified BlackBerry subscriber.
Once this access becomes automatic later this year, there will be complete secrecy about the data being accessed by security agencies.
The Home Ministry had last week held out a 31 August deadline for the company to enable security agencies access data created by its subscribers or have its services blocked.
The company had survived a similar deadline in after it agreed to enable lawful access to security agencies.
In the modalities of implementation of the access would be discussed at a meeting between RIM officials and technical experts of the government on Tuesday, a government source said.
RIM officials are also expected to explain how its BlackBerry Enterprise Server operates to the technical and security experts at Tuesday's meeting. The Canadian-headquartered firm had committed itself to finding a "technical solution" for BES.
There is no clarity if RIM would be able to deliver on this technical solution.
There are, however, suggestions that if the company is able to convince the government of its intention to cooperate and come up with a practical "technical solution" within a reasonable timeframe, the home ministry would relent.
A technical solution discussed last month at the department of telecom involved RIM identifying the enterprise server — each corporate client has one installed at its premises — from where the email originated.