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India considers BlackBerry email ban

India considers BlackBerry email ban

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India considers BlackBerry email ban The Indian government is undecided as to whether it will allow Research in Motion, maker of the BlackBerry, to continue operating its corporate email service in the country next month

Discussions are under way between the Indian government and Research in Motion over how the country’s security services can be allowed to monitor emails and instant messages sent over the BlackBerry communication network. The Indian government has ruled that BlackBerry Messenger, voice calls and text messages will be permitted after August 31, but that emails sent using the BlackBerry corporate email service could be banned unless a deal can be reached between security agencies and Research in Motion over the best way to monitor electronic mail. Many governments, including those in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia, have expressed concerns that terrorists and criminals could be taking advantage of Research in Motion’s heavily encrypted BlackBerry email system to send messages. Research in Motion said it was working with governments and security services to find ways in which communications could be monitored without fundamentally undermining the privacy of users. “Discussions will continue for the week and the whole of the next week,” said a spokesman for the Indian government. "BlackBerry services, including phone, SMS and Messenger will run, [but we are not sure yet] about enterprise mail."

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