India Renews Threats To Shut Down BlackBerry Service

Like a rash that won’t go away, and no doubt seeing what’s happening in Saudi Arabia, India is back with it’s threats to shut down BlackBerry service:

India’s home (interior) ministry will press on Thursday for some deadline to be fixed for RIM to share encryption details.

“There definitely could be talk of some deadline and a proposal to take strong action on BlackBerry services during the meeting,” said a government official, who declined to be identified as he is not authorized to speak to the media.

Another senior Indian government official told Reuters that mobile phone operators could be asked to shut down RIM’s Enterprise Email and Messenger services temporarily as a last alternative, if RIM does not agree to offer access to data.

“If they cannot provide a solution, we’ll ask (mobile) operators to stop that specific service. The service can be resumed when they give us the solution,” the source said.

This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone who has been watched this soap opera play out. They were the first to want access to BlackBerry services for national security reasons and now it look like they might actually get it. After all if you give such access to Saudi Arabia, why not them?

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