Communication minister to meet RIM officials Thursday

May 28th, 2008 - 10:54 pm ICT by admin  


New Delhi, May 28 (IANS) Communications and IT Minister A. Raja is expected to meet officials of the Canada-based Research in Motion (RIM) Thursday to end the impasse over security concerns on the use of BlackBerry enabled mobile phones in India. “There is a meeting tomorrow,” a communication and IT ministry official said.

The Indian government has raised concerns, asking RIM to share the security codes for the BlackBerry enabled mobile phones. “This is to enable the agencies to track emails and other messages as and when the need arises,” said an official.

But the RIM has told the government that it was not possible to share the security codes with it as it has its servers in Canada.

India’s security agencies have pointed out that BlackBerry’s email device poses a risk as emails sent using it cannot be traced or intercepted. The government has asked RIM to put its servers in India.

BlackBerry services, introduced in India in October 2004, came under the government’s scanner last year when an application by Tata Teleservices to launch a similar service was rejected over security concerns.

Currently, four telecom operators - Airtel, Vodafone, BPL and Reliance Communications - offer BlackBerry services in India to about 114,000 users.

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