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BlackBerry services under scrutiny

BlackBerry services are now being monitored by intelligence and security agencies. This was revealed when Tata Teleservices claimed that it was refused permission by the Home Ministry to launch these services because of security concerns.

Print Edition: April 6, 2008

BlackBerry services are now being monitored by intelligence and security agencies. This was revealed when Tata Teleservices claimed that it was refused permission by the Home Ministry to launch these services because of security concerns.

 Monitoring BlackBerry

  • BlackBerry services under the scanner of intelligence agencies

  • Concerns that BlackBerry network cannot be accessed

  • DoT might ask telcos to save BlackBerry data for six months
Intelligence agencies are concerned that information on BlackBerry services pass through an encrypted security layer and cannot be accessed.

However, the government has denied that it might consider banning BlackBerry Services. Says Siddhartha Behura, Telecom Secretary: “We only want BlackBerry to provide necessary and satisfactory answers to security agencies.” DoT is exploring the possibility of asking telcos to save BlackBerry data for six months. 

 — Rishi Joshi

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