Research in Motion has for the first time agreed to allow Indian security agencies to monitor its BlackBerry services, The Economic Times newspaper reported on Tuesday. RIM has offered to share with Indian security agencies its technical codes for corporate email services, open up access to all consumer emails within 15 days and also develop tools in six to eight months to allow monitoring of chats, the paper said, citing internal government documents.
RIM will provide further details on its proposals to the Indian telecoms ministry on Tuesday, the newspaper said. RIM on Monday pledged to satisfy the security needs both of customers and governments, a day after the United Arab Emirates threatened to cut off some BlackBerry services because authorities could not access encrypted messaging data. India has raised security concerns with BlackBerry services, but is not planning a ban, the country's internal security chief said last week, adding the company had assured them that it would be addressing Indian government's concerns.