RIM Grants India Access To BlackBerry Messages

Research in Motion is to allow the Indian government access to its messaging services.

The company said that it had implemented a solution that would allow Indian government and its security agencies to lawfully access all messages sent over its secure BlackBerry Messenger and e-mail in the country.

But the deal doesn't include access to enterprise e-mail, as RIM has no way of accessing the highly encrypted network servers itself.

The Canadian smartphone outfit announced that the solution will be rolled out before the agreed 31 January deadline.

“This lawful access capability now available to RIM's carrier partners meets the standard required by the government of India for all consumer messaging services offered in the Indian marketplace,” the company said in a statement.

In return, the government of India has promised RIM that all its competitors will be required to grant similar access capabilities in the country if they have yet not done so.