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Parliamentary panel pulls up DoT for delay in resolving BlackBerry issue!


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PTI / The Hindu / NEW DELHI, August 7, 2011.

Parliamentary Committe on Telecom is unhappy with BlackBerry makers solution of data encryption.
Parliamentary Committee on Telecom is unhappy with BlackBerry makers solution of data encryption - AP.

Making it clear that no compromise can be made with regard to nation’s security, a Parliamentary panel has expressed discontent over several extensions given by the DoT to Canadian firm offering BlackBerry services in highly encrypted format without a satisfactory solution.

“The committee expresses unhappiness over the way the extension after extension are being given to resolve such an important issue related to security of the country,” the panel on information technology said in its latest report.
Security agencies have expressed concern on highly encrypted communication made through BlackBerry phones and have demanded Research-In-Motion (RIM), maker of BlackBerry phones, to provide them data in readable format.
“The committee has been apprised that out of the various services provided by BlackBerry, the BlackBerry Messenger and BlackBerry Enterprise Solution services cannot be intercepted in readable format, even if the encrypted message is made available by the service providers,” the report said.
The Government gave three extensions to RIM, with the last date being March 31, 2011.
Before the end of its last extension, RIM highlighted number of other highly encrypted services being provided in the country by its competitors and sought to make it an industry issue.
Thereafter, the government formed a committee to come up with mechanism to deal with encryption issues for providing data access to security agencies which is mandatory under Indian Telegraph Act.


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