India's security establishment has taken a hard-line view on Research In Motion's stance that it does not possess a “master key” to intercept data traffic on BlackBerry and has warned services that cannot be monitored will be shut down, the Economic Times reported. “We are very clear that any BlackBerry service that cannot be fully intercepted by our agencies must be discontinued. Offering access to data is part of the telecom licensing guidelines and has to be adhered to,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed security official as saying. RIM has said BlackBerry security is based on a system where the customers create their own key and the company neither has a master key nor any “back door” to allow RIM or any third party to gain access to crucial corporate data.
On Tuesday, the Economic Times had reported that RIM had proposed the Indian government to help them track emails, without sharing encryption details. On Wednesday, the paper said the solution offered by RIM was being tested by security agencies. If these tests allow interception of services, a standoff will be averted, it said. Saudi Arabia on Tuesday ordered at least one Research In Motion's BlackBerry smartphone service to be blocked as of Friday, becoming the latest government to threaten to curb the device on security grounds.