Indian Government cannot ban services like BlackBerry, Gmail, Skype, Nokia, etc only because they are difficult to track or have servers outside the country, revealed a statement from Indian Telecom security panel.
The ongoing battle between RIM’s BlackBerry and Indian Govt. has seen the latter threatening to ban services in India if RIM is unable to provide access to their servers. According to Telecoms security panel, it is not the service providers fault that the government cannot keep a check on their services.
The report from Telecom panel stated, “Before banning or blocking of encrypted communication impact on business and industry, e-Commerce, e-governance, e-medicine, e-health, passport services etc should be taken into consideration. Further, banning or blocking services without providing an alternative may have international reactions and could affect other Indian industries such as BPO and IT outsourcing.”
Just like US and Europe, India too has a 256 bits encryption level. This means whenever email are sent via these networks, they are first encrypted into codes which are later decrypted at receivers end. This new revelation of the Telecom panel has been scrutinized by Home Ministry and CBI.