Canadian manufacturer of BlackBerry, Research in Motion (RIM), today suggested it had not given the Indian government access to its secure corporate email and messaging services as it did not possess encryption keys to it.
“RIM cannot provide access to secure encrypted BlackBerry enterprise communications. RIM is providing an appropriate lawful access solution that enables India’s telecom operators to be legally compliant with respect to their BlackBerry consumer traffic, to the same degree as other smartphone providers in India, but this does not extend to secure BlackBerry enterprise communications,” it said.
The company had been at loggerheads with the government in the past on the issue of providing access to its enterprise email and messaging services. It has maintained it does not possess the encryption keys. They remain in the control of its clients.
“As we have stated on several occasions, and as we have set out in our company’s Lawful Access Principles, RIM cannot access information encrypted through BlackBerry Enterprise Server as RIM is not ever in possession of the encryption keys,” it said.