Security concerns are may prevent Indian consumers from enjoying the BlackBerry services of Research in Motion (RIM). With the rise in terrorist activities in the country and the use of high-end technologies including mobile phones and internet services in spreading terrorist networks, the Indian security agencies have urged RIM to allow them access to the emails or messages passing through the BlackBerry services. However, RIM appears helpless to meet the request of the Indian Government. The company does not have a ‘master key’ and a ‘back door’ does not exist in the system to allow RIM or any third party unauthorized access to the encryption key created by the customer.
To solve the problem, the Indian Department of Telecommunication (DoT) has asked RIM to set up its servers in India so that all the BlackBerry traffic could be monitored by the Indian security agencies, but RIM has ruled out any such possibility. With RIM’s inability to comply with the Indian government’s demand, it is likely that the BlackBerry services might be scrapped in India. However, with 114,000 BlackBerry subscribers in the country and the market expanding rapidly it is unlikely that RIM will not settle for an acceptable alternative.
Source: CNET News