[Owasp-mobile] DoT delaying BlackBerry security issue
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Tue Apr 3 12:32:13 UTC 2012
[India] The department of telecommunications (DoT) has been pulled up
by a parliamentary panel over extensions being given to Canada-based
Research in Motion (RIM), the maker of BlackBerry, in providing
messages to security agencies in a readable format.
The standing committee on information technology said the government
gave extensions to RIM despite the final deadline of March 31, 2011,
when the Canadian firm was supposed to provide readable data to
security agencies. The panel said DoT has not even indicated the
status of the report of the committee, which was looking into all
types of encrypted communication and whose report was expected by
April 20, 2011.
The parliamentary panel said such an issue related to security of the
country should not be compromised and pulled up DoT for delay in
resolving the BlackBerry issue.
The committee, headed by Rao Inderjit Singh, observed in its report
that despite security agencies expressing concerns over the encrypted
data of BlackBerry phones and their security risks, the government has
not been able to resolve the problem.
Security agencies have expressed concerns on highly encrypted
communication made through BlackBerry phones and demanded RIM to
provide them data in readable format. Earlier, RIM had said its
competitors were providing a number of other highly encrypted services
in the country and sought to make it an industry issue. Thereafter,
the government formed a body to come up with a mechanism to deal with
encryption issues, mandatory under the Indian Telegraph Act.
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