Research In Motion has promised India a technical solution

August 16, 2010

Research In Motion has promised India a technical solution for decoding encrypted BlackBerry data, a senior official said on Friday, a step that could allay Indian security concerns about the smartphone and avert a shutdown.

Indian authorities, who met with RIM officials on Friday, also pledged to go after other companies — including Google and Skype — to protect the country from cyber-spying and attacks planned over the Internet.

RIM faces an August 31 deadline to give authorities the means to read email and instant messages sent over the BlackBerry. New Delhi says it will pull the plug if RIM won’t comply, threatening its future in the world’s fastest-growing telecoms market.

India is the latest country to step up pressure on RIM, which has built the BlackBerry’s reputation around confidentiality. Business professionals and politicians prefer the device. Governments, including Saudi Arabia, fear it could become a tool for terrorists or those breaking Islamic laws.

“They have assured that they will come with some technical solution for Messenger and enterprise mail next week,” said the senior Indian government source, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “Our technical team will evaluate if it works.”

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