Nokia sets up Indian surveillance server
Nokia has set up a server in India to help security agencies monitor its email services, putting more pressure on RIM to come up with its own solution.
The company said the host servers have completed internal testing, and were established to ensure it complies with legal requirements – something it does wherever it operates, MarketWatch reported.
Nokia’s system consists of an authentication server, an email enterprise server and configuration databases - all of which reside in India, Domain-b said.
The set-up can provide real-time interception and identify the mobile devices used to send the data.
Nokia's announcement came as home secretary, GK Pillai, told WSJ.com that the government was still working with RIM on a monitoring solution for corporate email and messenger services.
Pillai dismissed reports that India could ban BlackBerry services if RIM does not come up with a solution by January 31, stating that the date is more of a target than a deadline.
But he warned that a ban will “eventually” be enforced if a solution is not found.
The technical solution RIM has proposed – which officials reportedly consider inadequate –allows interception of BlackBerry's Messenger service and will be implemented early next year.
But the government also wants access to RIM's corporate email service, which Pillai said could take the firm beyond the January deadline.
RIM's corporate email customers are cooperating with the ministry over access at the point of origin – a move the vendor claimed was impossible when first asked to offer access in August.
Security agencies can already monitor BlackBerry SMS and individual email messages.
The ministry is also in talks with other communications services companies including Skype and Google over access to their messaging traffic, Pillai added.
Around 6,000 to 8,000 wiretaps are being conducted in India at any given time, he said, with around 80% aimed at identifying militant activity.