Govt may take over BlackBerry servers to test data interception
New Delhi: The Government plans to take possession of the server and other infrastructure placed by BlackBerry in Mumbai to test the solution offered by the smart phone maker for legal interception of Internet communication.
According to an internal note of Telecom Ministry, prepared after testing the interception of various services of BlackBerry by central security agencies, it was recommended to initiate a process to take over the possession of RIM infrastructure created at Mumbai for which a suitable agreement may be entered between Department of Telecommunication and Canada-based Research In Motion (RIM), manufacturer of the smart phone.
After initially being reluctant in sharing information, RIM has now been complying with the requirements of the government to ensure that all its services are intercepted in readable format and in real time, as and when required by the security agencies. Giving details of the findings of the tests carried out, the security agencies said there was an urgent need for decrypting the internet browsing services being offered on the smart phone by April this year as the RIM team had been able to provide only a temporary solution to this.
The ‘attachments’ with the emails generated under the BlackBerry Internet Services (BIS) from the smart phone also could not be downloaded in real time, it was stated. It was also recommended that there was a need for negotiating with RIM to provide Personal Identification Number (PIN) and International Mobile Equipment Identification (IMEI) list for all the BlackBerry handsets.