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India Seeks BlackBerry E-mail Access From Companies, WSJ Says

India is in discussions with companies using Research in Motion Ltd.’s BlackBerry e-mail service to gain lawful access to its secure communications, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Indian Home Secretary G.K. Pillai said a solution for monitoring the BlackBerry Messenger chat service will be “fully in place” by the end of January, the newspaper reported, citing an interview with the minister. Pillai said Research in Motion won’t face a service shutdown on Jan. 31 should India’s surveillance demands not be met, the Journal reported.

The Indian government earlier this year threatened to ban the BlackBerry corporate wireless e-mail service and Messenger program because of their high levels of encryption that made them difficult for intelligence agencies to intercept, the Journal said. Pillai said the Jan. 31 deadline is “more of a target,” according to the report.

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