RIM Gets 90 More Days To Meet India Rules

India has given BlackBerry maker Research In Motion Ltd. until January to provide law enforcement agencies with a way of intercepting encrypted email and messaging services over its network.

Livemint.com reported on its website Tuesday, citing an official of the department of telecommunications.

They have till January to put all interception solutions in place," said an official of the department of telecommunications (DoT).

Speaking at a meeting between the canadian firms executives and government representatives, the official for RIM said, "there is no technical solution that would enable lawful access to BES (BlackBerry enterprise service)," but it has offered a manual solution as an interim measure.

The company has, however, offered a manual solution for the BlackBerry messenger service as an interim way out, the official quoted above said.

"They have asked for time till January 2011 for the automatic solution to be implemented," a second official involved in the discussions said, the website reported

Both officials did not want to be identified and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The home ministry has disagreed with RIM's stance that its enterprise services are similar to other proprietary email services.

"This is because the others are publicly encrypted, while the BlackBerry service has private as well as public encryption," said the first official quoted above.

RIM has, however, agreed to hosting a computer server in India so that all content communicated through its services stays within the country, the official added.

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