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Indian Government Pursues Companies For RIM Data

It is being reported that the Indian Government has changed its strategy to access the encrypted data sent between Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry devices.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the Government is now in talks with companies using BlackBerry products to gain access to the encrypted information, rather than extracting it from RIM themselves.

Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said that he had held “a round of meetings with the companies", although did not disclose which organisations he had been speaking to.

Mr Pillai also outlined that the January deadline RIM has been set to cooperate with the government is more of a target rather than a cutoff date.

India has threatened to ban RIM devices if the Canadian phone maker doesn’t hand over the encrypted data from its messaging services. The Government has insisted that it wishes to access the data from the encrypted messaging programme due to fears that BlackBerry Enterprise Service (BES) could aid terrorists.

RIM has repeatedly stressed that it hasn't got the means to provide the encryption keys for customers of BES to the government.

As a result it would appear that New Delhi is now focusing on the companies that use and receive the data on the devices, so that it can monitor the service.

The BlackBerry maker has remained confident that the matter would be resolved without a ban being enforced and this is now being echoed by the Indian Government.