Indian Government Demands Right To Spy On Skype, Gmail, Blackberry Messages
from the spying-more-important-than-productivity dept
Last year we noted that Indian intelligence officials were quite concerned about Skype, and the fact that they couldn’t easily tap into communications on Skype. Two years ago, we noted a similar story concerning RIM Blackberry emails. Now Slashdot points us to the news that India’s government is once again demanding that Skype and RIM make sure their services are in formats that can be read by law enforcement. A separate article says similar demands are being made on Google with respect to Gmail.
Of course, last time this happened (with RIM, at least), RIM pointed out that there’s simply no way for it to decrypt email sent by users, since it’s based on an encryption key set up by the end user. In response, the Indian government claimed that it had cracked the encryption used by Blackberries and was able to monitor messages sent via those devices. Of course, the fact that it’s now pressuring RIM to format messages in easily spied-upon ways, certainly suggests the news of the cracking of Blackberry’s encryption was somewhat exaggerated.