India has warned other companies, such as Google and Skype, to allow the government to access their encrypted communication transfer for national security. The problem is that with encrypted means of communication, these companies’ products can be used by militants and terrorists for communication, setting up plans to attack the safety of the nation.
One such company that has already been heavily scrutinized by the Indian government, and by other governments as well, is the Blackberry. In fact, the Indian government has given the company the deadline, August 31, to allow it to access the encrypted messaging and email services of the phone. If the company will not comply, the Indian government will shut down these services by Blackberry.
Research in Motion is also facing pressure from other parts of the world, not just from India. This includes Indonesia and the United States, among others. This concern is especially vivid nowadays because government officials have made their fight against Islamic extremist’s militants more intense.
According to a senior interior security official from India, who does not want to be named, a government has every right, as long as it is within the law, to interfere in a lawful manner. For the case of RIM, Google or Skype, whose messaging services can be used for terroristic communications , governments can demand data access.