Looks like we’re back to square one with the rumors that Research In Motion has given up its encryption keys to the Indian government. Once again, RIM reiterated that it cannot provide access to its enterprise email and messaging services as the company itself does not possess the encryption keys for the same and these remain in the control of its corporate clients.
“RIM is providing an appropriate lawful access solution that enables India’s telecom operators to be legally compliant with respect to their BlackBerry consumer traffic, to the same degree as other smartphone providers in India, but this does not extend to secure BlackBerry enterprise communications,” said RIM in a statement. However, RIM did give India access to its consumer services, including its Messenger services, in January last year after authorities raised security concerns, but said it could not allow monitoring of its enterprise email.
What is all the fuss about? The Indian government is fearful that the encrypted messaging could be used by terrorists. “The fact is that BlackBerry enterprise communications in India remain secure and encrypted. No change has been made or ever can be made in India or anywhere,” said David Paterson, RIM’s head of government relations.