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India Eying Access To All Encrypted Services, Not Just Email

India isn't just looking to gain access to RIM's Blackberry emails and Nokia's Push Mail services - it's all services that use encryption services. The one question that should have been on everyone's mind after the Indian government's long back and forth on the blocking of Blackberry services was this - why only Blackberry? Last week, we got an answer to that question - it isn't just Blackberry. The Economic Times reported that India's Home Ministry has asked the Department of Telecom to bar "mobile phone companies" (presumably, telecom operators) from launching Nokia's Push mail and power mail services. A few other questions still remain: - Why Only Push Mail? Note that Nokia's Push service hasn't been "banned" in India, as reported. You can still set up email on your Nokia handsets, and it can pull in mail on a regular basis. In that context, all Android phones can pull in email, or you can just log on to any email service via the mobile Internet, and refresh your email. So why single out push mail? Most pull mail services also deliver email in realtime. There are several of email sites online, many of them encrypted. What all will they track? Will the Home Ministry mandate that only "registered", "approved" or "licensed" service providers can provide email in India? They can clearly control access through ISPs and Telecom operators. - Why Email? Why Not Social Networks? Via the mobile Internet, you can log on to various chat services and interact…

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