RIM Faces Gov't Challenge on Corporate E-Mail
ONLINE PRIVACYMarch 18, 2011
An ongoing struggle between Research In Motion (RIM) and the Indian government over access to communications on RIM's BlackBerry service may come to a head this month. India has given RIM a March 31 deadline to hand over encryption keys to its corporate BlackBerry e-mail service, reports Digital Trends. Last year, RIM provided the government real-time access to its instant messenger service but has maintained that there is no back door into the corporate e-mail service. India is not satisfied with that response and says it will ban BlackBerry services in the country if it cannot monitor user communications. The government is concerned that terrorists could use the network to plan attacks, while privacy advocates say allowing government access could amount to stifling free speech and more.