RIM quells rumours of India deal over encrypted messaging

Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has spoken out over claims it will soon reach agreement with India concerning encrypted messaging services.

Blackberry manufacturer Research in Motion (RIM) has spoken out over claims it will soon reach agreement with India concerning encrypted messaging services.

In a statement released by the company, RIM said media reports in India contained "inaccurate and misleading statements". A report by Indian newspaper, Mint, suggested RIM had agreed to provide recorded data from Blackberry Enterprise Servers (BES) to the Indian government as well as live access in the future.

"Our customers can be reassured that the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution continues to be the gold standard for security-conscious organisations in India and worldwide. All our discussions with the government of India have been and continue to be productive and fully consistent with the four core principles we follow in addressing lawful access matters around the world. Any suggestion to the contrary is false," said RIM in a statement.

RIM's core principles include the importance of addressing national security requirements, ensuring access to Blackberry services is no greater than that for its competitors, and maintaining its security architecture for BES to protect corporate and government communications.

"RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries," continued the statement.

RIM added that discussions with the Indian government have been "productive" and it expects the matter to be "satisfactorily resolved".

The Blackberry-maker has faced increasing pressure to provide access to some of its data and has faced criticism from other countries, including Saudi Arabia and the UAE. All three governments requested access to Blackberry's encrypted corporate e-mail service and messaging services, amid fears that these could be used by terrorists.

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