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Things are not going in the BlackBerry way, at least for now. After a major setback in UAE and Saudi Arabia where BlackBerry services will no longer be available after 11 October, it’s time for Indian BlackBerry customers who need to worry now. In a recent move, BlackBerry expressed its inability to meet the demand by Indian Government saying no one including the company could access the encrypted data.

Company’s statement comes at the time when a recent warning was issued to Research in Motion (RIM) towards providing access the technology to monitor contents or face a ban on its operations. Just a day back it was expected that RIM will consider request to hand over communication monitoring rights and no service destruction would be there unlike UAE & Saudi Arabia where RIM has been banned for the same reason recently.

“The BlackBerry security architecture for enterprise customers is purposefully designed to exclude the capability for RIM or any third-party to read encrypted information under any circumstances,” the Canadian firm said in a statement assuring its customers about security and privacy.

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“Governments have a wide range of resources and methodologies to satisfy national security and law enforcement needs without compromising commercial security requirements,” it added.

“RIM does not possess a master key nor does any back door exists in the system that would allow RIM or any third-party to gain an unauthorised access to the key or corporate data,” the company said.

The Ministry of Home Affairs had warned RIM that it would ban BlackBerry’s operations if the security concerns were not addressed. In view of technical problems involved in accessing the data, the government has been pushing the service provider to set up a BlackBerry server in India so that its services can be easily monitored by security agencies in an emergency.

RIM, which operates in 175 countries, said, “While RIM does not disclose confidential regulatory discussions that take place with any government, RIM assures its customers that it is committed to delivering highly secure and innovative products that satisfy the needs of both customers and governments.”
RIM is also struggling from the stiff market competition from iPhone & Android. A significant market share has been lost by the company recently. expecting further tight competition from upcoming Foryo ( Android 2.2) and Windows 7 mobile phone, BlackBerry is working on OS6.0 and iPad’s rival BlackPad which is due to release in November this year.

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