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India-BlackBerry deal possible, says Canada
Toronto, SEP 25 (IANS):
Published on 25 Sep. 2010 11:12 PM IST
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Canadian Trade Minister Peter Van Loan, who Friday discussed the issue of India’s threat to ban BlackBerry with Commerce and Industry Minister Anand Sharma, said the smart phone maker Research in Motion (RIM) should be able to reach an agreement with New Delhi.
The two ministers met as part of the ‘First Annual Ministerial Dialogue on Trade and Investment’ to deepen their ‘strategic partnership’ and triple bilateral trade to USD 15 billion in the next five years. India has extended the August 31 deadline by two months to allow BlackBerry -- which has one million subscribers in the country -- to allow access to its encrypted email message for security reasons. Sharma reportedly reiterated India’s decision to ban BlackBerry if RIM does not allow its access to secure emails by the next deadline.
RIM has given some options to the Indian government to stay in the world’s second fastest growing economy.
Van Loan said India’s demand for access to BlackBerry encrypted data for security investigations is the same that Canadian security agencies already possess. Since India is also seeking the same power to access emails for security reasons, Van Loan said, “We believe that RIM can arrive at a resolution on that basis ”

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