More and more governments around the world are taking to creeping and snooping on their own citizens. Americans have to watch out for the Patriot Act, and now, citizens of India have to watch out for their government. The Indian government is readying a system to allow them to monitor encrypted BlackBerry e-mail and BBM services.
This plan follows the installation of a BlackBerry server in Mumbai which hosts the data of the one million customers' data. The system is designed to allow "lawful access" to the data by the government if the user is suspected of criminal activity. There are some protections. In order to gain access, law enforcement must gain permission from the Union Home Ministry.
The system still requires law enforcement to send a request to the carrier or RIM for the data. Big businesses will not be affected by this because they're data uses a different system and the security authorities say that it is not of "high concern." RIM had no choice but to comply or shut down service after they were given an ultimatum similar to the one given by Saudi Arabia.