RIM to Indian Government: 'Talk to the Hand'

By James Falconer on 26 May 2008 12:02 pm EDT

RIM to Indian Government 'Talk to the Hand'In a turn of events today, RIM has decided to NOT allow the Indian Government backdoor access to their enterprise email system. RIM has notified the Indian government today, so it should be interesting to see what the exact fallout is at this point. Good on RIM for standing up for themselves.

RIM noted that the BlackBerry email system is designed to exclude any kind of third party access. Users have complete access to the email system, and RIM does not have a master key to intercept emails to provide a backdoor... The result therefore is that RIM will be unable to fulfill the Indian Governments repeated requests to provide access to customer's email systems for monitoring purposes. My guess is the Indian Government is royally pissed at this point.

My question is... this has been going on for months... At some points RIM was reported to be complying and providing access to the Indian Govnernment. Now they turn around and say that it is not at all possible!? What's up with that?

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RIM to Indian Government: 'Talk to the Hand'


I think this is a bigger conspiracy then anyone may think. The last thing RIM wanted is the bad rep that they would received.

That's why they tell the indian government that they will give them a back door access while publicly they do a 360 and refuse to grant them.

Win win for both parties, except the people of india who use the service.

well i give rim a thumbs up for standing up to the Indian government and not letting them push rim around.