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‘BlackBerry services will not be disrupted’

A top telecommunications official rules out any disruption in BlackBerry services in India, despite security concerns, reports Ruchi Hajela.
Hindustan Times | By Ruchi Hajela, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2008 02:07 AM IST

A top telecommunications official on Friday ruled out any disruption in BlackBerry services, even though Research in Motion — the Canada-based maker of the push-mail device — is yet to resolve India’s security concerns.

“There is no problem with the BlackBerry handsets or services and BlackBerry services are not going to be discontinued in India,” said Siddhartha Behura, secretary, Department of Telecommunications.

“RIM is running the service in other countries as well and if it has not been asked to discontinue on security grounds in those places why should it happen in India,” Behura told HT.

His comments come amid speculation that services could be stopped if the Canadian firm doesn’t share the so-called “code” of its encrypted services with security agencies in India.

Behura told HT that officials from his department and security agencies have been holding talks with Research in Motion to hammer out a solution.

“RIM met senior government officials on Thursday. The meeting was positive and constructive and further discussions are expected to occur,” said Satchit Gayakwad, RIM’s spokesperson in India. However, he did not comment on details of the discussion.

According to RIM, encryption is mandatory for all wireless e-mail platforms and not just BlackBerry and is even used on the Internet to protect privacy of users.

Concerns have been raised over the fact that RIM’s servers are not located in India. But, RIM has said the data transferred over BlackBerry networks is agnostic to the location of the server.

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