RIM, India Reportedly Reach BlackBerry Monitoring Agreement
Research In Motion has apparently come to a final agreement with government officials in India that will allow it to avoid a shutdown of BlackBerry services. As is the case in several other countries, including the United Arab Emirates, India wants access to BlackBerry Messenger communications and corporate emails. It is already able to monitor voice calls, text messages, and web browsing on BlackBerry devices in the country.
According to the Wall Street Journal, India’s federal home ministry released a statement claiming that RIM had made assurances of providing a final monitoring solution by January. This concession comes despite a previous suggestion from RIM co-CEO Jim Lazaridis that since encryption is an Internet-wide tool and not BlackBerry specific, governments that “can’t deal with the Internet…should shut it off.” Well without taking a poll on the issue, we’ll bet that the majority of Indian citizens prefer the proposed outcome to a complete loss of Internet access, but who knows.