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RIM responds to India, outlines four lawful access security rules for carriers

News by Todd Haselton on Friday August 13, 2010.

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Research in Motion (RIM), in a response to the Government of India, has published a customer update with an assurance that it is working with foreign governments to meet legal and national requirements while "preserving the lawful needs of citizens and corporations."

In its statement, RIM said it has "drawn a firm line by insisting that any capabilities it provides to carriers for "lawful" access purposes be limited by four main principles:"

"1. The carriers' capabilities be limited to the strict context of lawful access and national security requirements as governed by the country's judicial oversight and rules of law."

"2. The carriers' capabilities must be technology and vendor neutral, allowing no greater access to BlackBerry consumer services than the carriers and regulators already impose on RIM's competitors and other similar communications technology companies."

"3. No changes to the security architecture for BlackBerry Enterprise Server customers since, contrary to any rumors, the security architecture is the same around the world and RIM truly has no ability to provide its customers' encryption keys. Also driving RIM's position is the fact that strong encryption is a fundamental commercial requirement for any country to attract and maintain international business anyway and similarly strong encryption is currently used pervasively in traditional VPNs on both wired and wireless networks in order to protect corporate and government communications."

"4. RIM maintains a consistent global standard for lawful access requirements that does not include special deals for specific countries."

More information can be found on RIM's website.

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