India and RIM closer to deal on corporate email: report

Wed Nov 17, 2010 5:49pm EST
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NEW DELHI/TORONTO (Reuters) - India and Research In Motion have moved closer to agreement on lawful access and monitoring of highly secure corporate email on BlackBerry devices, a newspaper reported on Wednesday, citing an unnamed interior ministry official.

RIM later issued a statement calling the report "inaccurate and misleading" and repeated that it deals with lawful access demands in a consistent manner around the world.

India has threatened to shut off RIM's encrypted email and instant messaging services unless it gains access to them, in a campaign driven by fears that unmonitored communication puts the country's security at risk.

The Mint paper said a series of meetings took place last week between RIM executives and officials from the Indian interior ministry and intelligence agency, and more were scheduled.

"They have in principle agreed to provide us recorded data from their servers," the paper quoted an interior ministry official as saying.

"Now they have assured us that they will discuss the issue first among themselves and find a way to meet our demands. Later, they would be providing live access to BES," the official told the paper, referring to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, through which secure corporate email is routed.

In its statement, RIM said its talks with India remain productive and consistent with its four principles for access requests:

- that they be legal

- that BlackBerry is not singled out   Continued...