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BlackBerry’s Tussle With Indian Govt Finally Ends; BB Provides Interception System

Putting an end to the long lasting dispute between the Indian Government and Canadian Smartphone maker BlackBerry (BB), the lawful interception system for BlackBerry service is now ready to use, reports Times of India. The interception of BB services will allow law enforcement agencies in the country to track emails, attachments, BBM chats, web browsing history from BlackBerry devices in the country. Note that, BlackBerry Enterprise Server has been left out of the interception solution which means corporate emails won't be under scrutiny. Department of Telecom (DoT) documents reviewed by the publication states that nine of the 10 telcos providing BlackBerry services were in the process of deploying interception solution. MTNL, BSNL and SSTL have not yet installed the interception system on its network, while SSTL being the only telco in the country to not have communicated a deadline, as indicated by the report. Government will also acquire interception facility developed and installed by BB in Mumbai in April 2012. BB will also train 5 government officials at its Ontario facility to handle the technical architecture, operation and maintenance of the monitoring facility. It should be noted that the Indian government is likely to install Centralised Monitoring System (CMS) in 10 out of 22 service areas in the country, by the end of this year. And BlackBerry's interception service seems to be right on time complying with the CMS implementation deadline. The kind of data the government plans to collect with CMS is not known yet. BlackBerry interception timeline In August 2011, the Indian government…

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