Hot off the press is the news that Home Ministry has set a deadline of 31st of August for RIM to make its content accessible by law enforcement agencies. From the press release:
A meeting was taken here today by the Union Home Secretary Shri G.K.Pillai with representatives of Central Security Agencies and Telecom Department. The meeting asked the Telecom Department to convey to service providers that two Blackberry services namely, Blackberry Enterprise Service(BES) and Blackberry Messenger Service(BMS) be made accessible to Law Enforcement Agencies by 31st August, 2010. If a technical solution is not provided by 31st August, 2010, the Government will review the position and take steps to block these two services from the network. The meeting also took note of the fact that the Blackberry services like Voice, SMS and BIS have been made available to Law Enforcement Agencies.
That is a pretty short deadline and unless RIM has been receiving behind the scene, but official, detailed information about this impending move, it would leave them stranded for a solution. Note that most previous developments on this issue has been via “leaked” notes and memos from the ministry and never really an official announcement.