The Canadian Press: The Indian government is preparing to shut down BlackBerry service in the country on August 31 if it cannot reach an agreement with Research in Motion (RIM) regarding its data encryption practices. On Thursday, RIM offered to launch a forum to debate the corporate need for strong encryption, but it's not clear that those efforts have been successful in moving the two parties closer to a compromise.
Indian officials continue to insist that they need to be able to monitor RIM services for security purposes. "These concerns have been addressed in other parts of the world, I see no reason why the Indian government and agencies should take any risk at all as far technology is concerned," said Sachin Pilot, Indian minister of state for communications and information technology.
Previously, RIM reached an agreement with Saudi Arabian officials which allows that government to monitor BlackBerry data transmissions.