Research in Motion has responded to reports of concessions being made to the Indian government with a sharply-worded statement, essentially reassuring customers that it would continue abiding by its policy of refusing to make special deals with individual countries. “RIM has once again found it necessary to address certain media reports in India containing inaccurate and misleading statements and information based on unsubstantiated claims from unnamed sources,” the statement begins. It comes following a story in Indian newspaper Mint that quoted an alleged home ministry official as saying that RIM was close to “providing live access to BES.”
The company went on to say that “…the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution continues to be the gold standard for security-conscious organizations in India and worldwide. All our discussions with the government of India have been and continue to be productive and fully consistent with the four core principles we follow in addressing lawful access matters around the world. Any suggestion to the contrary is false.”
As reported by CNET, besides refusing to cut deals, those principals include requiring data access to 1) be legal in the host country, 2) be vendor neutral, and 3) leave core security architecture unchanged. RIM has successfully avoided a shutdown of its servers in the United Arab Emirates while apparently abiding by these self-imposed restrictions, although the negotiations with India have been more difficult, with the two parties most recently coming to an interim agreement that once again pushed back an imposing deadline. The company concluded its statement by claiming that it expects a satisfactory resolution to the issue.