Suspension of BlackBerry service may not give solution: Canada

Monday, 30 August 2010, 05:32 Hrs
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Bangalore: Maintaining that it has a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements and does not have special deals for specific countries, RIM had recently said in a statement that the company does not have a "master key" to gain access to encrypted corporate information.

However, the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has instructed all telecom service providers to ensure that a technical solution for interception and monitoring of BlackBerry services in readable format is made available to the law enforcing agencies by August 31, 2010.

RIM noted that it would be unable to accommodate any request for a copy of a customer's encryption key "since at no time does RIM, ever possess a copy of the key".

Pointing out that strong encryption in wireless technology is not unique to the BlackBerry platform, the statement said that such encryption is a fundamental commercial requirement for any country to attract and maintain international business.

"Singling out and banning one solution, such as the BlackBerry solution, would be ineffective and counter productive," the company said.

According to the statement, RIM is extending an offer to the government, to lead an industry forum focused on supporting lawful access needs of law enforcement agencies while preserving legitimate information security needs of corporations and other organisations in India.
Source: PTI
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