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BlackBerry monitoring reportedly pacified India; Skype & Twitter next in sights

BlackBerry monitoring reportedly pacified India; Skype & Twitter next in sights

RIM quietly set up a Mumbai data center, so as to allow the Indian government easier surveillance of BlackBerry users' messages, according to sources, though official demand for access continues to outstrip what the Canadian company offers. Facing threats of deactivating BlackBerry service nationwide, RIM supposedly established a small facility to specifically deal with disclosure requests, the WSJ's sources tell them; the Indian government must follow a set, legal procedure demanding message decoding on a person by person basis.

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RIM insists “no possibility” of BlackBerry backdoor for India

RIM insists “no possibility” of BlackBerry backdoor for India

RIM has told the Indian government that there is no way that it can supply covert access to encrypted emails sent using BlackBerry smartphones, in the process risking finding its service in the country cut off over security concerns. The denial is the latest in a back & forth battle between the Canadian company and the Indian security forces, over concerns that BlackBerry phones will be used by terrorists and dissidents to communicate, and RIM's persistent claims that a monitoring system would be technologically infeasible.

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RIM denies Indian BlackBerry Jan 31 deadline

RIM denies Indian BlackBerry Jan 31 deadline

RIM has denied any looming deadline from the Indian government to cede access to secure BlackBerry messaging services, stating that reports a monitoring system must be in place by January 31 2011 lest BlackBerry users face their service being frozen are false. According to a statement quoted by the WSJ, RIM claims its "dealings with the government of India remain positive" and that "any suggestion that it is facing a Jan. 31 deadline in India is incorrect and contradicts prior clarifying comments from the government itself."

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India starts BlackBerry investigation over RIM security denial

India starts BlackBerry investigation over RIM security denial

RIM's denial earlier this week that it had installed a messaging monitoring system at the behest of the Indian government has prompted more BlackBerry confusion, with the statement accused of conflicting with assurances made by RIM execs earlier in December 2010. According to information passed to The Economic Times, RIM's VP of industry, government and university relations had told the Indian government that monitoring technology to "receive and process via the cloud computing-based system, lawfully intercepted BlackBerry messenger data" had indeed been installed.

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RIM deny Indian BlackBerry monitoring claims

RIM deny Indian BlackBerry monitoring claims

RIM has denied reports that it has opened backdoor access to the Indian government in its BlackBerry email system, describing the claims as "false and technologically infeasible." Indian paper The Economic Times had suggested that RIM would install a network data analysis system (NDAS) rendering every email and message readable by government security forces; "intercepted and decoded data will travel between service providers and RIM India" a home ministry note issued by deputy director Arvind Kumar suggested.

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Indian Government Delays BlackBerry Ban to January 31

Indian Government Delays BlackBerry Ban to January 31

Research In Motion's security situation, regarding their BlackBerry devices in some particular regions, aren't over yet. Despite coming up with a fix for the United Arab Emirates not too long ago, the Indian government is still not satisfied with what RIM is doing to assuage their security doubts. However, despite previously giving RIM until October 31st to figure everything out, the government has now allowed for an additional 90 days to be tacked onto the deadline, giving RIM until January 31st to give the government something they are satisfied with.

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BlackBerry security suggestions fall flat in India as government still unhappy

BlackBerry security suggestions fall flat in India as government still unhappy

India's Department of Telecoms has apparently rejected RIM's proposals for dealing with BlackBerry security, though considering the last we heard was that those suggestions basically amounted to asking companies politely for access to their servers, that doesn't come as a huge surprise.  The Times of India cites an internal government note from the end of September which confirmed that security agencies were still unable to monitor email communication by BlackBerry users.

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Indian BlackBerry “solution” just smoke & mirrors claims RIM source

Indian BlackBerry “solution” just smoke & mirrors claims RIM source

The ongoing Indian BlackBerry saga has taken another strange turn today, with various reports - apparently fuelled by the Indian government - that the Canadian company has provided the department of telecommunications with a "monitoring solution" that will address its concerns regarding messaging encryption.  However, according to The Times of India, the whole "solution" is one big case of smoke and mirrors: their source at RIM says that all the company has done is point the Indian government in the direction of servers physically within the country, and suggested that they talk to them direct.

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RIM to Allow Indian Authorities Partial Access to BlackBerry Messenger

RIM to Allow Indian Authorities Partial Access to BlackBerry Messenger

Last week, we reported that BlackBerry manufacturer Research In Motion had begun working on "technical solutions," with India in particular, in hopes that their BlackBerry devices wouldn't get banned from the country altogether. Those technical solutions seemed to have been reached, because a senior government source has just revealed that RIM has found a way to calm India's security fears, at least for now: by allowing marginal access to the company's BlackBerry Messenger services.

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