India gives BlackBerry 60 days before ban decision

31 Aug 2010

Research In Motion (RIM) has been given a 60-day extension before the Indian government decides whether or not to ban BlackBerry services in the country.

The Ministry of Home Affairs released a statement on Monday granting the company extra time beyond the initial August 31 deadline in order to negotiate and to grant the government access to its encrypted data.

“RIM have made certain proposals for lawful access by law enforcement agencies and these would be operationalised immediately,” the ministry said.

“The feasibility of the solutions offered would be assessed thereafter.”

RIM has been in negotiations about the security and privacy issues in regards to encrypted emails and IMs sent over their network for several weeks now.

India’s government also wants RIM to set up a server within the country to make monitoring communications much easier. Nokia recently announced it would set up a domestic server, which will be active by 5 November of this year.

RIM will get assistance from Canadian government officials within India in setting up a plan during this two-month reprieve.

According to a Bloomberg report, India makes up about 2pc of BlackBerry’s 46 million users.

Recently, Saudi Arabia lifted a BlackBerry Messenger ban after RIM adhered to their regulatory requirements.