India turns up the heat on BlackBerry ban

India turns up the heat on BlackBerry ban

Summary: The Indian government told its major wireless service providers that if RIM doesn't comply with the country's demands by August 31, then the ISPs must block all BlackBerry e-mail and instant messaging services.

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The Indian government has sent letters to the country's major wireless service providers informing them that if BlackBerry maker Research In Motion does not meet its demands to loosen security by August 31, then they must block e-mail and instant messaging services.

The government informed RIM last week that if it was not given access to users' e-mail, IM, and Web browsing that it would have the service shut down on the final day of the month.

Now it looks like the country is starting to make good on its threat. Tata Teleservices, one of India's largest cell phone operators, confirmed in a statement Tuesday that it had been contacted by government officials and instructed to shut off the service August 31, according to a Reuters report.

For more on this story, read India prods wireless providers on BlackBerry ban on CNET News.

Topics: Government US, Collaboration, Government, Hardware, Mobility, Networking, BlackBerry, Wi-Fi

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  • RE: India turns up the heat on BlackBerry ban

    India claims to be world's largest DEMOCRACY. Funny way to show it.The truth is that most of the world is under dictatorship and ruled by elites who do no trust the serfs under them.
    john.angel@...
    • RE: India turns up the heat on BlackBerry ban

      @john.angel@... largest democracy doesn't make India the better democratic nation.....
      sarkar.abhimanyu@...
  • RE: India turns up the heat on BlackBerry ban

    not that any of the western countries, specifically the US, are in quite a few violations of privacy acts.
    Take a preregistering to fly from Europe to the US. If you don't require a Visa, you have to register a few weeks in advance to be able to travel. Why?
    Duh, i want to know who you are so i can check if you are or are not a bad guy or a good guy who has a name similar to a bad guy and therefore i can detain you without you getting any kind of legal representation and i can call it a threat to National Security.
    Other countries are just more open about that kind of stuff than our wonderful government
    PINASCOPY
  • Two cents

    1) Its ego factor. If Blackberry and all other communication technologies allow US government to spoof into any communication why Indian government should not be allowed same?
    2) Some of communication media (especially Blackberry messaging) is used by high profile political entities, especially opposition parties. The ruling party would like to know their strategy and tactics.
    p.vinnie@...
  • Reason : Security against Terrorism & Money Laundering

    If US and other Govts of the West can do it ...... Why cant the Indian Govt.?
    tejasmodi@...
  • RE: India turns up the heat on BlackBerry ban

    nobody has the right to violate the privacy rights of the people.. this is wrong and all of us should condemn it. i wonder why BB users are not protesting against it
    nasiralisher@...
    • RE: India turns up the heat on BlackBerry ban

      @nasiralisher@... well on one hand you are right,no one has the right to violate the privacy rights of the people.....but on the other hand,if I plan to blow up a certain area,or plan to mass murder people and for the people's safeguard if the government doesn't know of it how would it really help the people anyways.......but then again.....governments do use this for political gain...what a mess!!!
      sarkar.abhimanyu@...
  • RE: India turns up the heat on BlackBerry ban

    Don't talk rubbish. If you do not know how the Indian Government works you do not have the rights to criticize the govt. According to my knowledge Indian Government is doing right. If Countries like US, CHINA can get access to blackberry servers why can't India. China has very strict laws and Blackberry has obliged the same and whole worlds know this fact. If they can provide it to China why not to India. India is an emerging power and it has all rights to protect his people and also the law for the third country services to run if only they oblige it its laws.
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