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RIM Denies Handing Over BES Encryption Keys To Indian Government

Research In Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, has denied the claims that the company has handed over encryption keys for its secure enterprise services to the Indian government, reports The Wall Street Journal. This follows a report by The EconomicTimes which had claimed that RIM has demonstrated a solution developed by a firm called Verint, which could intercept messages and emails exchanged between BlackBerry handsets, and make these encrypted communications available in a readable format to Indian security agencies. The report claimed that a telecom department official had also confirmed that interception of corporate communications would be a part of the solution offered by the Canadian smartphone maker. Denying claims that it has granted access to the government with encryption keys to its BES and BBM service, RIM claimed that it has offered a lawful access solution to the government which will help all telecom service providers in India to comply with the laws, although this solution doesn't include secure BlackBerry enterprise communications. Previous Developments In February 2012, RIM had set up a server in Mumbai, India to provide security agencies access to its BlackBerry Messenger services, after a long-drawn battle with the Indian authorities. The Ministry of Communications had also earlier stated that the security agencies were able to access BlackBerry services through the interception and monitoring facilities provided by the telecom service provider. However, a similar Livemint report had stated that the Indian government will apparently get a backdoor entry access to corporate emails in 5,000 enterprises using BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) across the country…

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