RIM Refuse India Access to BlackBerry Enterprise Server Data

Research in Motion is still in negotiations with Indian authorities and local carriers to provide lawful access to communications via its consumer services, which include BlackBerry Messenger, but the company has ruled out allowing government access to data transmitted through its corporate service, BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

RIM said on Monday that it is in line with its earlier stand on India’s demand that its law enforcement agencies be allowed access to communications on the BlackBerry device, but it said that it will not budge under Indian pressure.

According to RIM they want to clarify the issue that it will not change on their policy of access to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server. RIM stated that they will be setting up a network data analysis system, which will allow India lawful access to RIM’s consumer services, including the BlackBerry Messenger.

A BlackBerry spokesperson said earlier the month that the company had agreed to provide the Indian government access to BlackBerry Messenger communications on a case-by-case basis. RIM will, however, only allow the government lawful access after following due legal process.

Providing the Indian government with access to its business communications on BlackBerry Enterprise Server proves to be more difficult. RIM is insisting that it is not in a position to provide access to this data, as its security architecture is the same around the world, and RIM has no ability to provide its customers’ encryption keys.

RIM was insistent from the onset that it is not in possession of some ‘Master Key’ or any backdoor that would allow RIM or any third party to gain access to encrypted corporate information on the BlackBerry Enterprise Server.

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