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RIM settles India's security fears

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RIM settles India's security fears
India's cell phone market is a world of its own with local brands taking the lead, but Canadian cell phone manufacturer RIM has held its position relatively steady until now. Indian authorities have given the BlackBerry maker time until January 31st to grant them access to the 'Berries' encrypted messaging service. RIM announced today that it has managed to provide the Indian government with access to regular users' messaging service without breaking into corporate emails.

This means that security agencies in the country will be able to look into RIM's messanger and public emails, while corporate email should not be affected. BlackBerries are presented in India with over 1.1 million devices and a breach in corporate messages security could lead to the company losing its share. Indian officials, however, still have not come up with an official reaction.

RIM was not the only company from which the Indian government required more transparency – Google and Skype were asked to install servers in the country to allow better traffic monitoring by the local authorities. Such draconian security measures come after the country boosted its anti-terrorist efforts in a concern that cell phones might be used for plotting attacks.

source: AFP

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