BlackBerry gets another reprieve

BlackBerry maker Research in Motion
(RIM) has offered India a few proposals to access its secure data, the Home
Ministry said, averting a threatened ban on its services starting today,

India says it wants the means to
fully track and read BlackBerry’s secure email and instant messaging services
that officials fear could be misused by militants.

The government will review the
situation in two months; details of the solutions have not been released.

India is keen to retain its
position as one of the world’s fastest growing information-technology nations,
and a BlackBerry ban would jeopardise its status, besides being
counter-productive by limiting the efficiency and productivity of local firms.

RIM uses powerful codes to
scramble, or encrypt, email messages as they travel between a BlackBerry device
and a computer known as a BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) that is designed
to secure those emails.

RIM has said BlackBerry security is
based on a system where the customers create their own key and the company
neither has a master key nor any “back door” to allow RIM or any
third party to gain access to crucial corporate data.

Besides India, several other
countries have raised concerns about the popular device over activities from
terrorism to peddling pornography.

Saudi Arabia, fretful over online
services such as pornography, has reached a deal with RIM on the messenger
service, a consumer product outside of the secure corporate domain. India too
has reached a deal until November on the messenger service, according to
government sources.

Such concerns have also been raised
by Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates, with the latter giving RIM an 11 October

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