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After Blackberry, Govt. to target Google, Skype
After Blackberry, Govt. to target Google, Skype
Posted Date:13-08-2010 Courtesy:

New Delhi: Following issuing a deadline for possible ban on encrypted BlackBerry email and instant messaging, the government of India indicated that it may shut down Google and Skype Internet-based messaging services over security concerns. The telecommunication ministry security officials had a meeting with operator associations to look at possible solutions to "intercept and monitor" encrypted communications, reports The Financial Times.


"There was consensus that there is more than one type of service for which solutions are to be explored. Some of them are BlackBerry, Skype, Google etc," according to the department s minutes. "It was decided first to undertake the issue of BlackBerry and then the other services."


The Indian government on Thursday had threatened to cut off Research In Motion s encrypted BlackBerry email and instant messaging services if the company does not address national security concerns. India has set an Aug 31 deadline for RIM. It wants access in a readable format to encrypted BlackBerry communication, on grounds it could be used by militants.


Officials say RIM had proposed tracking emails without sharing encryption details, but that was not enough. The Financial Times report said representatives from two of the telecom operator associations present confirmed the details of the meeting earlier this month.


"At the last security meeting, the agencies were talking about BlackBerry. They were also coming out heavily on Skype and Google," said Rajesh Chharia, president of the Internet Service Providers Association of India.


A shutdown would affect one million users in India out of the smartphone s 41 million users. India is one of RIM s fastest growing markets. 

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