RIM cuts BlackBerry deal with India

BLACKBERRY maker Research in Motion will give India access to secure data from tomorrow, a government source said yesterday, as the country looked to push RIM, Google and Skype to set up servers in India amid security concerns.

Last night, the interior ministry said RIM had offered India a few proposals to access its secure data and that the feasibility of the solutions would be assessed within 60 days. It did not give details about the solutions.

Echoing similar concerns raised by several other countries, India has said it wants the means to fully track and read BlackBerry’s secure email and instant messaging services that officials fear could be misused by militants.

Indian officials have also expressed concerns over security threats emerging from internet-based messaging and other services from providers like Google and Skype.

The Indian government had given RIM until yesterday to come up with a solution.