RIM, not one to let the prospect of getting kicked out of the potentially lucrative Indian wireless market, has apparently had its hand forced by the Indian government. Following on government officials’ threats to ban RIM from the country if a workable network-monitoring deal wasn’t worked out in a timely fashion, RIM has announced that they have come to terms with the Indian government.
It took a little longer than India’s 15-day ultimatum, but India and RIM have agreed that RIM would be allowed to provide BlackBerry service in India with the provision that India can keep tabs on all BlackBerry network-data. But, it seems that privacy and data security aren’t as important to RIM as is their PR stance. RIM’s only demand from India is that the country take full blame should any data/information get leaked out.
Hey, at least Indians can get BlackBerry push email to their hearts content. Whether or not they’ll get a knock on their door from Indian G-men will depend on just how terrorist-like their emails content proves to be.
[Via: Economic Times]