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DoT Panel Seeks BlackBerry PIN Details For All Handsets Globally: Report

A government panel has recommended that BlackBerry should provide access to PIN details of all its handsets across the globe, in order to allow Indian Intelligence agencies in the country to track messages sent between Indian subscribers and Foreign subscribers, reports The Economic Times. Citing a Department of Telecommunication (DoT) report, the report states that BlackBerry is already providing PIN details for all handsets shipped to India and has not provided details from other countries due to privacy and legal concerns. However, the panel apparently notes that agencies are able to track incoming and outgoing messages from BlackBerry users abroad to Indian subscribers if they have access to the PIN details of all the handsets globally. Interestingly, the government panel has also apparently recommended that the government should take over the monitoring and interception facilities built by BlackBerry in Mumbai. BlackBerry had set up a server in Mumbai last April, to provide security agencies access to its BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) services. Besides that, the panel has recommended that BlackBerry should be mandated to provide access to the web-browsing facilities on its handsets on a readable (decrypted) format, allow Indian Intelligence agencies to track e-mail attachments on a real-time basis by April 2013 and provide a Apart from that, it has also recommended that BlackBerry should provide access to the web-browsing facilities on its handsets on a readable (decrypted) format and allow intelligence agencies here to track e-mail attachments on a real-time basis. BlackBerry has stated that it has currently provided a temporary solution for agencies to track e-mail attachments and…

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