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India monitors BlackBerry emails without encryption codes

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India has found a way to monitor BlackBerry corporate emails without asking developer Research in Motion (RIM) to hand over encryption codes a report said Wednesday, which could help end a standoff with the Canadian company.

RIM and the Indian government are at loggerheads over access to Blackberry’s secure corporate email service, with New Delhi fearing it could be utilised by extremists to plot attacks.

Multiple deadlines have been issued to the firm to comply withgovernment requests for monitoring, but to no avail.

RIM has claimed it is unable to hand over codes as the system is so secure that it does not have access.

But R. Chandrashekhar, the most senior civil servant in India’s telecommunication ministry, was quoted by Dow Jones Newswires as saying the government now believes it can monitor BlackBerry emails without decrypting messages. He gave no further details, the news agency said.

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