February 18, 2011 / 6:48 AM / in 7 years

RIM says not singled out on India security demands

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Research In Motion (RIM) said on Friday that the Indian government had assured the Canadian smartphone maker that it would not be singled out when it came to security concerns for encrypted emails.

<p>A man with his belongings walks past a closed store selling mobile phones in Kolkata August 12, 2010. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri</p>

RIM has failed to meet a January 31 deadline to make available its encrypted corporate email service to Indian authorities. The government has threatened to shut down the services if its demands are not met.

RIM’s India unit said in a statement it had been assured that “any policy relating to ‘lawful access’ requirements for encrypted enterprise or VPN telecommunications will be applied equitably, broadly, and simultaneously to all such products and services that use encryption in India.”

India’s government is currently in talks with mobile phone makers on how they can give authorities access to RIM’s encrypted email service, which run on their networks.

Reporting by Devidutta Tripathy; Editing by Paul de Bendern

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