A report recently published by the Economic Times in India suggests that Canadian BlackBerry maker Research in Motion allows India to access encrypted data.
But RIM says this is not only untrue, it’s actually impossible.
RIM said that the so-called report implies that the company is “somehow enabling access to data” transmitted through its secured business server system. However, “this is both false and technologically infeasible,” according to a statement made by RIM. Quoth The Globe and Mail:
Research In Motion has repeatedly said that it doesn’t possess a “master key” to allow it or any third party to gain access to encrypted corporate data under any circumstances.
RIM has also said that locating servers in India wouldn’t make any difference since all data remain encrypted at all times through all points of transfer between the BlackBerry enterprise server and the customer’s device.
The Indian newspaper has reported that RIM has offered to install a “network data analysis system” in that country to allow government security agencies to intercept BlackBerry data.
The business paper’s report was based on an internal note from the government’s home ministry.
RIM’s battles with foreign countries such as India and China seem never ending, although it is not the only company finding it difficult to break into the Asian market. Facebook and Google have had numerous struggles trying to be accepted into strict overseas cultures.
The Waterloo-based tech titan, while no doubt tired of the exhausting back-and-forth political tug-of-wars, must push forward in an increasingly competitive smartphone market.
Duly noted is that, while RIM has been threatened to have its services shut down by several foreign countries, including the United Emirates, nobody has ever followed through. Google and Facebook have been give cold shoulders before, but ultimately, RIM has always had its way. Perhaps that’s because it’s a tool of freedom and technology that the people and the governments themselves do not wish to live without—perhaps, even in India and the Middle East, it’s a “CrackBerry” to them too.