Research In Motion (RIM), the company that brought us the BlackBerry, will be meeting with Indian official tomorrow over security issues raised by government agencies. India fears that e-mails sent by the BlackBerry can’t be traced or intercepted. This creates security risks for the government. For years, India has been a target for terrorists over issues like the ownership of Kashmir.
Indian Telecoms Minister Andimuthu Raja announced last week that RIM had assured the government that it would come out with a solution within two months. But last Friday, RIM said in a customer update that the company does not have a copy of the customer’s encryption key and would be unable to accommodate the Indian government’s request.
India has 114,000 BlackBerry subscribers. Services are offered by Bharti Airtel, Reliance Communications, Vodafone Essar and BPL Mobile.