BlackBerry and the Indian government have finally come to an understanding after what has been years of debating and arguing whether or not to let the government intercept messages. BlackBerry has given the necessary permissions for the Indian government to intercept messanges sent from BlackBerry devices.
The system installed will allow them to track emails and BBM messages sent or received, and web browsing. The Indian government dropped their request to have access to BES, but BlackBerry will have to notify which companies are using it. It’s great to see this issue finally coming to an end, after years of disagreements. Here’s a statement by BlackBerry:
“BlackBerry has delivered a solution that enables India’s wireless carriers to address their lawful access requirements for our consumer messaging services, which include BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) and BlackBerry Internet Service (BIS) email. The lawful access capability now available to BlackBerry’s carrier partners meets the standard required by the Government of India for all consumer messaging services offered in the Indian marketplace. We also wish to underscore, once again, that this enablement of lawful access does not extend to BlackBerry Enterprise Server”.