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India DoT rejects BlackBerry’s email decoding solution

October 2, 2010

The BlackBerry security jinx is unlikely to be resolved soon. The telecom department has rejected the interception solution offered by Canada’s (RIM) for its secure corporate email service. What’s more is that it has spurned RIM’s technical solution for decoding all chat communication on the popular BlackBerry Messenger service, which contradicts the home ministry’s recent clean chit to the Canadian smartphone maker’s interception solution for its messaging service.

In an internal note, dated September 28, reviewed by ET, the telecom department’s security wing claims security agencies have been unable to intercept or monitor secure email communication made through the (BES) in readable format. “RIM maintains that it does not have the keys that can be offered to security agencies for converting secure corporate email into readable format,” said a senior DoT official with direct knowledge of the matter. The DoT internal note claims law enforcement agencies have failed to intercept chats on the BlackBerry Messenger platform, which runs counters to the home ministry’s recent position that it is satisfied with the interception solution offered by RIM.

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