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Security checks on high-end phones to be possible soon
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The Indian government and BlackBerry maker RIM will soon find a way to make security checks possible on its high-end handsets, a home ministry official said on Thursday, downplaying fears of a ban on its email and internet services that are hugely popular in corporate circles.

The country’s internal security chief Utthan Kumar Bansal told reporters that the home ministry had raised national security concerns with RIM over monitoring data services on these handsets and added that a solution may be found soon.

“BlackBerry has assured home ministry that the issue of monitoring will be sorted out soon. I am sure we will soon be on the same page and our concerns will be addressed,” Mr Bansal said.

ET first reported on July 1 that security concerns associated with the services of BlackBerry, the smartphone used by nearly a million customers in India, have come to the fore again. This raised the possibility of a fresh stand-off between the Canadian service provider and the government.

The home ministry had asked the telecom department to give RIM a 15 day deadline, ending this month to ensure that its email and other data services comply with ‘formats that can be read by security and intelligence agencies’ after its spooks raised a red flag against the handset maker.

Today, the country’s biggest telecom service providers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Essar, Reliance Communications, Tata Teleservices, BSNL and MTNL offer BlackBerry services.

Earlier this week, the Intelligence Bureau has asked the telecom department to stop Nokia’s popular messaging services in India until they can be monitored. The security agency had written to the department of telecom that it is against the continuation of the Finnish company’s push email service for corporates and consumers that allows the easy management of multiple accounts.

A Nokia India spokesperson had told ET that its messaging email service is still in the beta format here, and that “the requisite infrastructure required by security agencies is being put in place”.
BlackBerry and Nokia collectively account for nearly all the corporate email consumers on mobile phones in the country.

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