India threatens to ban Blackberrys

The Indian Government has threatened to shut down Research In Motion’s Indian BlackBerry operation at the end of August if RIM does not provide a solution allowing the state “lawful interception” of the firm’s Blackberry email and instant messaging services in India.

Conciliatory moves by RIM last week “failed to enthuse” Indian security services, the Government said in a statement released on August 12th.

The ultimatum comes on the heels of similar problems for Canadian firm RIM in both Saudi Arabia and the UAE. Security organisations in the two Middle Eastern states voiced concerns that BlackBerry services could be used for criminal or terrorist activities because RIM’s encryption prevents state access of transmitted data.

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