India To Shut Down BlackBerry Service On August 31st

I guess the meeting that I wrote about yesterday didn’t go well. India has now set a date of August 31st for BlackBerry Service to be shut down:

The ultimatum came hours after the home secretary, India’s top civil servant over internal security, held talks with intelligence officials and state-run telecom operators BSNL and MTNL about how the government could access encryption details, the latest global headache for Research In Motion.

“The government has given RIM until August 31 to address India’s security issues,” a senior home (interior) ministry official, who declined to be named, told Reuters.

“Some services of BlackBerry will be shut down if they fail to comply with the order,” the official said.

It will be interesting to see if RIM caves like they did with Saudi Arabia. My guess is that they will seeing as India has hundreds of millions of mobile phone users and they really want a piece of that pie.

So RIM…. What are you going to do? I know what I would do. I would tell these countries that if they don’t want to participate in a free world, then they’re free to ban the BlackBerry. Its a price to pay for RIM, but it will set the right precedent. But business is all about the almighty dollar, so I don’t see that happening.

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