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RIM may allow India to monitor Instant Messenger

Research in Motion has reportedly allowed the Indian Government to access its Instant Messenger service.

According to the Times of India, the Blackberry maker has permitted this development but says that it could be too late to change the security around the enterprise email – which the Indian authorities also want access to. The security for this service is apparently the same world wide, and RIM does not have the ability to provide decryption keys even if it wanted to.

The move has come after the Indian Government demanded access to a range of communication services, threatening to block them if the demands were not met. Under Indian law, service providers must provide decryption keys to law enforcement agencies in certain conditions.

“Although RIM cannot disclose confidential regulatory discussions that take place with any government, RIM assures its customers that it genuinely tries to be as cooperative as possible with governments in the spirit of supporting legal and national security requirements, while also preserving the lawful needs of citizens and corporations,” said a RIM spokesman.

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