Indian Government Backing Down on Security Issue?

By James Falconer on 2 Jul 2008 04:05 pm EDT

Indian Government Finall Backing Down Against RIM?Color me confused. The latest in the Indian Government vs. RIM standoff has me puzzled beyond belief.

The Indian Government has now stated that 'There is no threat from BlackBerry services'...

And when asked if the Indian Government would give approval to companies that have applied to use BlackBerry services the Government responded: 'There is no permission needed for starting value added services... We have not given permission to anybody, we have not disallowed anybody.'

So what does this all translate to? Could be that the Indian Government has finally realized that 'hey, maybe RIM really can't provide encryption keys to us!'. One would have to assume that RIM has pounded their point home time and time again to the Indian Government, insisting that they cannot provide the decryption services that has been demanded from them.

Next Week: The Indian Government demands encryption keys yet again... RIM, stick to your guns.

[ via IndiaTimes ]

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Indian Government Backing Down on Security Issue?


What are the incription keys for.?, and why do they keep asking for them? I wouldn't give 'em anything as far as I'm concerned. Prolly find a way to remote detinate a Blackberry..

Something tells me there's more to this then what's being reported. The issue never was with whether or not the services were secure. The issue had to do with India not being able to spy on the encripted transmissions between Blackberry devices. Them backing out or RIM not giving them the keys does not translate to "The communications between Blackberries is no threat to national security" (if used by terrorists). It would translate into "We can decrypt the traffic, so there's nothing we can do about it"... which is crap anyway... how do you think the server/device on the other hand decrypts the data in order to understand it?

There's something here that they're not telling us. I wonder if RIM secretly gave it, but they changed the coverup tune/spin on it. Certainly sounds sketchy to me.