Indian Government sets Aug 31 deadline for Blackberry

Following the ultimatum given to Blackberry by the UAE Government, the Indian Government has also given a deadline of 31-Aug-2010 to address the security concerns around the messaging features in the devices.

Currently, the text from a Blackberry is encrypted before it is transmitted. This has been done to protect the device and its owners. Very recently, UAE govenment had raised an objection on the same topic with the Blacberry folks. Their concern is that this device is capable of allowing terrorists to have easy flow of text communication, which cannot be intercepted with the current architecture. In fact, all the instant messengers such as gtalk, yahoo, msn, icq, facebook, aol and skype can be accessed from the blackberry and that might add to the complexity as these IMs are not necessarily through the blackberry messenger, but through third party applications installed on the blackberry.

It is going to be very interesting to see Blackberry’s reaction to this situation as it will impact many organisations in India including ours, as we are heavily dependent on the blackberry services for our day to day operations at our Indian offices. We use Blackberry devices for our team leaders and support staff, to respond to client emails instantly, communicate among ourselves using the blackberry messenger, and also to do some important tasks such as rebooting the servers in case of emergencies, access our ticketing system, etc.

As an advocate against single point of failure, if blackberry is blocked we had come up with a plan to go back to old fashioned style of accessing mails from pcs, but it will surely reduce the speed with which we communicate. Hence it might be a good idea to research and shop around for other smart phones, which do not depend on the blackberry server and will help us interact directly. I have heard quite a lot about Nokia, but have not ventured into trying it for business purposes.

If you know of any good recommendations, please do let us know.

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