India not banning BlackBerry services after all

By Yousif Abdullah on 1 Nov 2010 06:12 pm EDT
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For now, the Indian government has backed off and is not going to suspend BlackBerry services, despite extending the deadline for RIM earlier. Not much is known to the public; India has been granted access to monitor BlackBerry Messenger traffic, but we knew this already back in September, when I wrote my analysis of RIM in the Middle East.

Whether the Indian government has found a way to intercept corporate e-mail remains a mystery, but it is asking companies to now set up a server in the country for compliance with local regulations. RIM has previously agreed to this, but India is most likely waiting for Skype SA and Google Inc. to follow suit as well. Whether or not the fight is over, or is about to begin; has yet to be determined. BlackBerry users in India, what are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments!

Source: ABC Local

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Typical stupidity from our Government.
Why should they be privy to internal corporate mails is beyond me.
The law has a remedy within its framework. If they want access to corporate LANs then they have the option to go to courts and get a warrant for the internal data as long as they can show just cause.
But if they get remote anonymous access to BB enterprise data then who knows what they access and for what reason.
And considering the rampant corruption, I'm sure a companies can now bribe a govt official to get information about their competitors data. Who will secure against that?
As far as BIS users are concerned, they can intercept the mails at the POP server, again by going through the legal framework.
But they want access to the data outside of the legal framework and will infringe on the privacy of its citizens.
Security is all well, but there should be a limit to what should be allowed in the name of security against terrorists.

I'm with you in that the whole deal about security has gone out of hands. RIM (or more specifically, co-CEO Jim Balsillie) did suggest governments that they ask local companies for the cryptographic keys to tap into corporate BES. It would be an acceptable solution, but for some reason the authorities in the country (countries, if you count the Emirates and others too) find it a bad solution. Enterprise data is the target here, and for whatever reason it is, I am certain it is for reasons beyond fighting terrorists.

It is also interesting to note that the U.S. is intending to extend its legal framework as far as federal wiretapping goes. What about that? I wonder what people will say once the U.S. becomes as "bad" as the Middle East when it comes to BlackBerry enterprise solutions. RIM has definitely made progress, either by convincing governments they don't need the access they are asking for, or by other means. And with other means I mean something different than providing a master key to access enterprise data, as such key simply does not exist... or, it could. RIM just makes us believe they don't possess it... Only thinking out loud, no serious thoughts here.

in my opinion this is 2 things:
1)Political drama. make a big deal about something and get everyone worked up, then back off
2) illusion. Ever notice a good magician/illusionist often uses one hand to distract you while the other hand is often the one that actually does the trick?

Combine the 2 and you get the idea. I am certain that there is way more going on here then people think. And it will happen more and more in North America too (North American Union anyone?)... and it will remove our privacy slowly so no one gets too upset. Oh yeah... it will all be done in the name of "security" and "the war on terror"

in my opinion this is 2 things:
1)Political drama. make a big deal about something and get everyone worked up, then back off
2) illusion. Ever notice a good magician/illusionist often uses one hand to distract you while the other hand is often the one that actually does the trick?

Combine the 2 and you get the idea. I am certain that there is way more going on here then people think. And it will happen more and more in North America too (North American Union anyone?)... and it will remove our privacy slowly so no one gets too upset. Oh yeah... it will all be done in the name of "security" and "the war on terror"

(and I'm from Canada)

in my opinion this is 2 things:
1)Political drama. make a big deal about something and get everyone worked up, then back off
2) illusion. Ever notice a good magician/illusionist often uses one hand to distract you while the other hand is often the one that actually does the trick?

Combine the 2 and you get the idea. I am certain that there is way more going on here then people think. And it will happen more and more in North America too (North American Union anyone?)... and it will remove our privacy slowly so no one gets too upset. Oh yeah... it will all be done in the name of "security" and "the war on terror"

(and I'm from Canada)