India threatens to ban BlackBerry, Skype and Google services

2 Jul

Indian government agencies are preparing the groundwork to what might lead to the banning of Research In Motion’s (RIM) BlackBerry, VoIP service Skype and some of Google’s services on the pretext of security concerns, according to multiple reports in the Indian media. An amendment to the Information Technology Act (IT Act) is being prepared by the Department of Information and Technology that would make it mandatory for foreign companies to either give complete access to their networks or set up servers within the country and make it accessible to security agencies.



The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) also wants these companies to either make the data going through their networks available to security agencies in a readable format or face a ban. A year or so ago, DoT had raised similar concerns against RIM’s BlackBerry service but had eventually cleared it.



According to the reports, the government will give RIM and Skype 15 days to make data going through its networks in a readable format or face a ban.



Source: Business Standard

No Responses to “India threatens to ban BlackBerry, Skype and Google services”

  1. John Smith July 2, 2010 at 8:47 am #

    Totally not required. What is the purpose? Other countries do not have a problem with these services.

  2. Thakur July 2, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    I hope they settle in a few weeks. Consumers should not be harmed

  3. RajeeV July 2, 2010 at 11:24 am #

    right move & John Smith other country like & UK & few other hav it caz of there security ….so why not in our 🙂

  4. paras July 2, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

    india needs safety, pakistan is already eating kashmir thru using such sites. google maps r used the most for such attacks

  5. Thakur July 3, 2010 at 3:07 am #

    What is the latest in this matter?

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