The standoff between Research in Motion (RIM) and the Indian government over the issue of handing over access to BlackBerry’s corporate email service is reportedly nearing an end. It may be recalled that the Indian government and RIM have been in talks over access to BlackBerry emails for quite some time. The government has asked the company to provide access to ensure national security. RIM has not yet complied but has offered to supply ‘metadata’, information about email’s sender, recipient and the device from which the message was sent. Authorities can possibly use this data to keep track of emails on companies’ services. It’s learnt that countries such as India and Indonesia have in the past threatened to ban RIM’s services due to the difficulties faced by the law enforcement agencies in gaining access to emails of suspected criminals.
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