BlackBerry issue: DoT under fire on delay in solution

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Making it clear that no compromise can be made with nation’s security, a parliamentary panel has expressed discontent over several extensions given by the DoT to Canadian firm offering BlackBerry services in highly encrypted format without a satisfactory solution.

Security agencies have expressed concern on highly encrypted communication made through BlackBerry phones and have demanded Research In Motion, maker of BlackBerry phones, to provide them data in readable format.

“The committee has been apprised that out of the various services provided by Black-Berry, the BlackBerry Messenger and Black-Berry Enterprise Solution services cannot be intercepted in readable format, even if the encrypted message is made available by the service providers,” the report said.

Regarding the problem of highly encrypted data, the DoT is of the view that when the message is in transition, the security agencies can intercept it but cannot read it because it is highly encrypted and it is a high level of encryption.

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