Indian government and Blackberry agree to covert surveillance deal

Alan O'Doherty
July 10, 2013

After almost being banned from the country in 2010 Blackberry have signed an agreement with the Indian department of telecommunications to make their customers information available to the government.

A leaked document acquired by The Times of India revealed that the Indian government would soon be able to monitor Blackberry Instant Messenger communications, email contacts, the read/unread status of messages and even the users browser history.

Blackberry have emphasised that these new monitoring policies are all within the bounds of the law and that Blackberry Enterprise Services customers will not have their communications monitored.

The report does not state when these new measures will come into effect but it does state that the equipment necessary is currently ready for use.

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