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India does not plan to ban BlackBerry services
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India's internal security chief said on Thursday that there were no plans to ban Research In Motion's popular BlackBerry services in the world's fastest growing mobile phone market.

Earlier Internal Security Chief U.K. Bansal told reporters that his department had raised national security concerns with RIM over the data services, but expected a solution to be found soon.

The government has said that the makers of BlackBerry - Research in Motion (RIM) - have to address its security concern by offering monitoring facility.

The MHA made it clear that RIM has been addressing security concerns of several other countries, including the United States, where it operates and therefore, there is no justification to not comply the same in India.

The smartphone is used by nearly a million customers in India.

Government also wants a blackberry server in India but the company has been delaying the move. Once the server is in India, it will be easy to track the messages.

BlackBerry says the messages are encrypted. The smartphone's server is based in Canada where the encryption level is very high and extremely difficult to crack. And any message going through a Canada server is encrypted and therefore cannot be accessed by intelligence agencies in India.

There are reports that China has got a similar server in the country.

The latest development indicates that security agencies are again finding it difficult to intercept or decipher messages sent through these phones, which use codes with an encryption of 256 bits.

This encryption code first scrambles the emails sent from a BlackBerry device and unscrambles it when the message reaches its target.
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