I am not sure what to make of this latest report but RIM has been working closely with the Indian Home Ministry to resolve some issues. The main thing the Indian government was asking for was for RIM to provide a “mechanism for lawful interception of its messengers services.” According to The Hindu RIM has now provided that capability by setting up “Servers” in Mumbai and will be inspected soon.
The interesting part is that it looks like the Indian officials have given up on accessing BES communications. This is something RIM could not give them access to even if they wanted to. They told the Hindu that:
However, there was a climb down by the government on intercepting mail sent through BlackBerry Enterprise Services (BES) which decrypts the messages and sends it to email server of the service provider where it remains stored in decrypted form. Then the message is pushed to the BlackBerry device in encrypted form.
The DoT secretary informed that currently there are about 5000 Enterprise Servers for BES. Director Intelligence Bureau Nehchal Sandhu noted that these are communications between the employees of the enterprise only and, therefore, are not of “high concern” for security or Intelligence agencies.
“However, it was decided to obtain list and location of the servers from telecom service providers,” the presentation said.
I am not sure why they would think that BBM messages were of high concern but military grade encrypted messaging is not but hey we are glad to see it resolved! Hopefully this means the end of the Indian government trying to ban BlackBerry services.