BlackBerry agrees to share India user data to avoid ban

BLACKBERRY-maker Research in Motion (RIM) yesterday caved in to demands to provide security services partial access to its users’ information in India.

The firm has been under pressure to share encrypted information since terrorists in Mumbai allegedly used smartphones to plan their attack.

UAE recently reacted by threatening to force mobile networks to ban BlackBerry’s email and Messenger services.

An eleventh-hour deal saved a ban coming into play in neighbouring Saudi Arabia and now RIM appears to have caved in to pressure in one of its fastest growing markets.

A RIM spokesman declined to comment on the developments. The firm maintains it will continue to defend its users’ data within the law of the countries it operates in.