India may temporarily shut down BlackBerry services if security concerns are not addressed because the handset maker Research In Motion is refusing to hand over user codes of its encrypted email and messaging service that would let security authorities monitor its BlackBerry Messenger.
India, like several countries in the Middle East and North Africa, want access to encrypted Blackberry communication. India fears encrypted data can be used by militants. Pakistani-based militants used mobile and satellite phones in the Mumbai attacks in 2008 that killed 166 people.
India’s home (interior) ministry will press on Thursday for some deadline to be fixed for RIM to share encryption details.