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RIM Says Indian Gov't Now Has Access to Messages

PERSONAL PRIVACY

April 13, 2012

Blackberry maker Research in Motion says government security agencies in India now can access private instant messages. Though the government technically gained access to the encrypted data in February, a technical glitch kept the messages private. That glitch has since been resolved. The government had threatened to ban Blackberry service in the country if it was not granted access to the messages for security purposes. Experts say the change could lead to similar situations in countries around the world, the Toronto Star reports. "Once a company does it for one country, what's stopping other countries from asking for it?" said one.
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