NO BES Encryption Keys for India

And here come the rumors once more. RIM DID NOT hand over the BES encryption keys to India. Research In Motion does not possession of said keys, so they cannot grant access to its enterprise email and messaging services.  “RIM is providing an appropriate lawful access solution that enables India’s telecom operators to be legally compliant with respect to their BlackBerry consumer traffic, to the same degree as other smartphone providers in India, but this does not extend to secure BlackBerry enterprise communications,” said RIM in a statement.

RIM did hand over access to their consumer services back in January of last year. ” David Paterson, RIM’s head of government relations, said he is positive that the Indian government recognizes encryption is fundamental to attracting and maintaining international business in the country and that it would not make any demands that could jeopardize foreign investment in India. “The fact is that BlackBerry enterprise communications in India remain secure and encrypted. No change has been made or ever can be made in India or anywhere,” he said in an interview. RIM has also faced similar political pressures in the Middle East and elsewhere. It also blocked pornographic sites on its browsers in Indonesia last year following government pressure.

Enterprise clients — corporations and government agencies signed up to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server — are assigned encryption keys stored only on individual user accounts. For such users, any data sent from a BlackBerry is scrambled at the source and reconstituted on arrival at the receiving device.

RIM has long maintained that only the sponsoring business or organization has the technical capability to grant access to encrypted enterprise email.”


via Reuters