India seems to have become a testing
ground for mobile phone makers as they are requested to allow
real-time access to data about their users after the Indian
government stepped up its telecoms monitoring policy. BlackBerry, known for its secure
encryption protocols making it hard for third-parties to spy on user
data, was the first victim. The Canadian maker felt singled out,
which lead to the company's CEO leaving an interview with BBC after
improperly worded question suggested that RIM had security issues.
But that also showed how sensitive phone makers are to such changes
in one of the world's biggest markets.
And now, Nokia faces somewhat similar issues. The Indian Government asked carriers to block Nokia's push e-mail services until the company changes its system so government agencies can track and monitor email communication. Representatives of the company said that they haven't yet heard about the change, but strive to meet government guidelines. India is one of the crucial markets for Nokia - one where it has traditionally held strong positions. Nearly 50% of Nokia's business E-series phones are activated for push email in India.