India Demanding That RIM Let It Snoop On Encrypted Email Messages

from the let-us-eavesdrop-or-no-more-crackberry dept

It's certainly no secret that governments like to snoop on various forms of communication whenever possible, but they're usually not quite so blatant about the specifics. Endgadget points us to the news that Indian security officials have demanded that RIM open up a backdoor to unencrypt all messages sent via the Blackberry network or face being shutdown in India. With approximately 400,000 Crackberry users in India, that's likely to upset quite a few people. At this point, though, do people doing things likely to attract the attention of the feds not know to seek out more secure means of communication?

Filed Under: encryption, india, rim, wiretapping


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    DanC, 13 Mar 2008 @ 8:33pm

    Adding a backdoor to an encryption scheme destroys the integrity of the encryption. You might as well not bother offering it in the first place.

    RIM needs to refuse. The Indian government is basically trying extortion tactics to acquire trade secrets.

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