For the past few months, Research in Motion (RIM) has been dealing with the threat that its BlackBerry smartphones would be banned in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India and other countries because of security concerns — BlackBerries promise a “secure” e-mail service. Some foreign governments claimed that the Canadian company didn’t comply with regulations concerning government access to smartphone information. The UAE had dropped its threats to ban BlackBerry cellphone, but RIM had faced problems in negotiations with India, with the possibility of a ban for its products in the country. In late August, RIM received a 60-day reprieve from India for its mobile phones while negotiations continuedbetween the company and the Indian government.
Now, Reuters reports that RIM has reached a deal with India concerning access to the company’s data.
BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said it has given India the means to access its Messenger service and reiterated that no changes could be made to allow monitoring of secure corporate emails. India wants access to all BlackBerry services as part of efforts to fight militancy and security threats over the internet and through telephone communications.
“… No changes can be made to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys,” the company said on Thursday.
RIM encrypts email messages as they travel between a BlackBerry device and a computer known as BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES). The company has said it does not have a master key to decode these emails and only the sponsoring business or organization has the technical capability to grant access to encrypted enterprise email. […]
On Thursday, a senior interior ministry official said it was still to see the solution offered by RIM and the government’s stand on access to corporate email remained unchanged.