The proposal made by BlackBerry for intercepting its messenger services to address the Government’s security concerns appears to have hit a rough patch on Thursday with agencies insisting that information given should be on a real time basis.
In a bid to break the logjam, the smartphone maker has offered to provide information on a deferred basis after it faced the threat of a shutdown of the core features by August 31 if security agencies were not given access to heavily encyrpted corporate email sent on a Blackberry handset.
The Research In Motion (RIM), makers of the smartphones, along with the Department of Telecom had submitted a proposal for intercepting the BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) services.
Under this proposal, a mobile number needed for monitoring would have to be handed over to the RIM, which would in turn provide the information within a maximum of 10 days.
However, the security agencies insisted on a real time information rather than a deferred one in the interest of national security.
“Now for example if two terrorists are negotiating a strike, you can’t expect us to wait for 10 days,” remarked a senior Home Ministry official
The BlackBerry makers are racing against time to meet the August 31 deadline set by the Government last week to provide a solution for intercepting the BBM and BlackBerry Enterprise Mail (BES) or see the prospect of the mobile phone’s popular services in the shut down in the country.
The officials of RIM, which has a subscriber base of nearly one million in India, have informed the government that they would be coming again next week with a more precise solution which will help the Indian security agencies monitor the services.
Only after security agencies are satisfied with the technology of interception, a green signal would be given for continuation of the services, the official said.