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Thursday, November 18, 2010

RIM Denies BlackBerry Data-Sharing Deal with India

Research in Motion denied that it struck a deal with Indian officials to provide them with access to information from its BlackBerry Enterprise servers. The denial came after an Indian newspaper published a story in which an interior ministry official was quoted as saying that RIM had "in principle agreed to provide us recorded data from their servers."

RIM said its discussions with 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."

The company pointed to the four core principals it follows when addressing lawful access requirements with governments around the world. One of those principles says there will be "no changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server."

At issue is a July request from the Indian government that RIM allow it to monitor activity on BlackBerry services; India threatened to shut down BlackBerry services in the country by August 31 if its demands were not met, but that deadline was eventually delayed. Officials want access to content traveling over the BlackBerry network for security purposes.

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