Blackberry blackout Indian Government issues

Tata Teleservices' application to offer BlackBerry Services in India has been rejected after the Department of Telecom (DoT) forwarded the request to the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) citing that Under India's Information Technology Act of 2000, the government has the right, under certain circumstances, to intercept electronic communications for security reasons and in the national interest. Security agencies say that terrorists are increasingly using the Internet and applications such as e-mail to communicate with one another. RIM (Research in motion) operates in more than 130 countries around the world and respects the regulatory requirements of governments. It however uses an algorithm to keep its data protected and thus in accessible to the government of any country. RIM does not comment on confidential regulatory matters or speculation on such matters in any given country. Other operators, who already hold a license to offer BlackBerry services in India, have been asked to give the government access and the right to intercept emails, under threat of cancellation of their BlackBerry licenses by March 31. These operators include Vodafone Essar, the Indian joint venture of Vodafone Group and Reliance Communications, a large Indian mobile services provider.

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