has found itself in hot water in a few countries in the Middle East,
such as the UAE,
because Blackberry servers allow messages to be sent between users
around the world in an encrypted state means that governments can't
access. Authorities in India have started clamping down on companies
that enable communication online and through other methods that can't
be traced reports Reuters.
The firms that are being caught in the latest skirmish include Google
and Skype.The move by the Indian government could set a
precedent that would have very wide reaching implications around the
world. The Indian government wants the ability to track and read
messages sent via Blackberry devices and other internet-based
communications services. RIM maintains that it has no way to provide
India or other nations with the data sent using its encrypted
services. RIM has denied reports that it made special concession to
other governments to keep its services in operation and assured India
that it would
cooperate.RIM has begun giving the Indian
to some secure data this week and the cooperation has so far
kept Blackberry services within the country from being terminated. If
Blackberry services were terminated in India about a million users
would be left without service.Consultant firm KPMG director
Romal Shetty said, "There could be various ramifications for
this. If this happens, every other country may want a similar thing
and then the whole issue of efficiency and management of the services
and data will become difficult."India's Home Minister
Palaniappan Chidambaram said in a statement, "Discussions for
technical solutions for further access are continuing and the matter
will be reviewed within 60 days."
quote: If the U.S. and other countries demand that a company let them spy on their citizens, then don't do business there in protest of said human rights violation.
quote: companies start valuing the basic rights (like privacy) of their consumers
quote: The move by the Indian government could set a precedent that would have very wide reaching implications around the world.