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RIM Responds to Indian Government

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August 13, 2010

Research in Motion (RIM) yesterday responded to the Indian government's threat to "take steps to block" some Blackberry services if they're not made accessible to law enforcement there. The Victoria Times Colonist reports that RIM has announced four principles to guide negotiations with foreign governments over access. The principles include that carriers must observe the strict context of lawful access and national security requirements by the country's judiciary and rules of law; the carrier's demands must be what BlackBerry calls "technology and vendor neutral;" there will be no changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server, and RIM will maintain  a "consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific purposes." BlackBerry services have been banned in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia is also considering a ban.
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