BlackBerry Reprieve India Smartphones
By: Rob Adams
Published: Aug 31, 2021
BlackBerry reprieve India decision to shut down smartphones as RIM delivers local servers.
BlackBerry reprieve India smartphones. RIM will give India access to secure BlackBerry data beginning September 1, making a reprieve possible. A reprieve will allow India smartphone users to use the BlackBerry device without a shut down.
Reprieve in India is good news to BlackBerry smartphone users. The country wants to shut down the mobile devices because it will allow militants to plan Internet attacks. India is asking Research In Motion (RIM), Google and Skype to set up local servers to allow full monitoring of their services.
India also expressed concerns over security threats from Internet-based messaging and other services. The country wants a way to fully track and read BlackBerry communications on smartphones. RIM shares rose after the company offered several ways to allow authorities to monitor its mobile devices.
"They have given some access, which we will operationalize from Sept. 1," a government source, referring to RIM, said in a statement. "They will have to provide full access to all communications that go through India. They will have to set up a server in India," the source said. A RIM spokesman based in India said the company had no immediate comment, while a spokeswoman at Google said the company was unable to comment as it had had no communication with the government. Skype said it had also not received any directive from authorities in India.