BlackBerry told to comply with security rules or shut shop

Written by Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: Jul 29 2010, 05:47am hrs
The government has said that the makers of BlackBerry Research in Motion (RIM) have to address its security concern by offering monitoring facility, else the popular smartphone company will have to shut its shop in India.

The ministry of home affairs has asked the department of telecommunication to tell the Canadian service provider in no uncertain terms that its email and other data services must comply with formats that can be monitored by security and intelligence agencies.

The MHA made it clear that RIM has been addressing security concerns of several other countries, including the United States, where it operates and therefore, there is no justification to not comply the same in India.

If they dont follow our guidelines, we will have no option but to ask them to stop their operations in India, an official said. The smartphone is used by nearly a million customers in India.