Canada claims ban in India not a solution
Reports have claimed that the Canada has contacted India and stated that specific security issues are not justified to BlackBerry alone and suspension of their services would offer no clear results. The clock is ticking on RIM and it's deadline imposed by the Indian Government. The Ministry of Home Affairs has taken a hard stance relating to security concerns and the monitoring of encrypted data. India's stance: Provide a solution by Aug. 31st or close shop.
In a communication by the Canada High Commission, "it is not productive to impose deadlines in such matters." With over 1 million BlackBerry users and over 900 corporate houses and companies in India, what would the impact be for these people if services were discontinued?
Canada feels that the Indian Government has all the rights to find a solution to its security concerns, which are legitimate, but to terminate service would be the wrong way to do it. Following this hard-lined stance and targeting RIM would bring on economic and logistical downfalls for many companies located in India.
During many rounds of previous meetings, issues have been brought up concerning other ISP's like Google, GMail and Skype. RIM feels it is not just a BlackBerry issue and should address encryption technology at the industry level. VOdaphone has already provided customers with an advisory to be prepared for a possible disruption of service come August 31st.
Here are some questions I'd like to hear your thoughts on:
- Should Canadian government be involved with India's issue with RIM?
- Who will suffer more with the BlackBerry ban, India or RIM?
- Is the Indian government trying to spy on corporations for it's own gains?
- Is RIM really unable to provide encryption keys?