RIM gives India access to BlackBerry data

RIM gives India India access to data sent using its BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Internet Service email in a bid to avoid the services being blocked.

BlackBerry smartphone manufacturer Research In Motion has provided the government of India with access to data sent using its BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Internet Service email in a bid to avoid the services being blocked in the country.

Research In Motion (RIM) announced last week that it had reached an agreement with the Indian authorities to provide access to consumer e-mail and messenger services but reasserted that it has not granted access to services using its BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which it classes as "essentially a VPN".

"We are pleased to have delivered a solution well before a mutually agreed milestone date of January 31, 2011," the company said in a statement. "We also wish to underscore, once again, that this enablement of lawful access does not extend to BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES)."

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