RIM buckles; Gives Govt of India complete access to all Blackberry Services

It was just a few weeks ago that the Government of India, citing Security reasons, had  asked RIM (Research In Motion) to provide complete access to the Blackberry services  to monitor the services  for tracking down possible misuse of the services by Terrorists.

Faced with an August 31 Government ultimatum, BlackBerry mobile phone maker Research In Motion today buckled in, and  promised complete to Indian security agencies to monitor all its services with immediate effect.

RIM agreed to install a server in India and give immediate access to security agencies in India.

The Ministry of Home Affairs says it will “review the situation in 60 days,” after telecom authorities examine Research In Motion’s proposals to give security agencies greater access to corporate e-mail and instant messaging.

“RIM has made certain proposals for lawful access by law enforcement agencies and this would be operationalised immediately. The feasibility of the solutions offered would be assessed thereafter,” a Home Ministry statement said.

It remains to be seen that, after this decision by RIM to provide access to all Blackberry services to GOI, will the other countries go the Indian Government way too, reports TOI.

Blackberry has around 1 million users in India, and this must have weighed in heavily with RIM while making this decision.

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Lee Whittington is a Tech Reporter and a Developer with the TWC Team. He has been writing for TWCN for several years and has also developed several freeware apps for The Windows Club, most of which have been very popular worldwide.