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Old 13th March 2008, 10:07   #1
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Default Govt. to ban blackberry?

Mobile firms seek govt meeting on BlackBerry
Looks like the govt. wants to spy on encrypted communications.
What next? Ban on ssh protocol?
Ban on encrypted connections to your bank?
Looks like govt. is planning the Great Firewall of India, modeled on the one in china
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Old 13th March 2008, 10:19   #2
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And instead of sitting and talking things over - they go and gladly announce that they want to stop Blackberry services. Real amazing people.
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What about the blackberrys handed over to the bangalore police ??
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The bigger concern is that all your blackberry emails are probably being read by the United States security services anyway - since RIM servers are based in the US. The Indian Government cannot intercept (legally, that is) mails that its citizens are sending but the US Government can. Beat that.
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The bigger concern is that all your blackberry emails are probably being read by the United States security services anyway - since RIM servers are based in the US. The Indian Government cannot intercept (legally, that is) mails that its citizens are sending but the US Government can. Beat that.
The invasion of privacy is happening everywhere, but the way Indian govt has handled censorship is scary. Banning Orkut/Yahoo groups etc.,
In todays world if you encrypt your communications, you are safe, but when the govt is talking about taking away the right to encryption its scary.
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What about the blackberrys handed over to the bangalore police ??
Bangalore police have BBs?
Why?
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Bengalooru traffic police to use Blackberrys to pin down traffic violators
Bangalore traffic police to use Blackberrys against traffic violators

for more info google: blackberrys bangalore police
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Whats wrong with the government asking for decrypting algorithms ? If authorities can listen to what you talk. Then why is this wrong ?
Everywhere around the world such powers are exercised by the governments.
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I dont think its a ban that they are talking about.
But with the way our governments function, they would take the easy way out instead of decrypting and decide upon a blanket ban. Lazy fellows.
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Let them ban it.. Its a show-off piece in India anyway

Some of them even put the cheesy "Sent from my blackberry" signature in the bottom.
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spadvial,

Its a good device. Some showing it off (and some not having it) doesn't make it bad.
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Let them ban it.. Its a show-off piece in India anyway

Some of them even put the cheesy "Sent from my blackberry" signature in the bottom.
Not exactly. Is pretty useful for professional on the move/roaming. (I do not own one though)

That is a default signature for the profile created I guess, and that should be taken as reason for short messages, sms langauage and spelling mistakes.
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spadvial,

Its a good device. Some showing it off (and some not having it) doesn't make it bad.
I was just joking.
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And these morons do not even know that this is issue not unique to BB.

What happens if you configure Gmail's POP/ IMAP account in your Nokia phone? Even in that case communication between phone and server is encrypted and can't be intercepted by telecom company/govt.

IMHO its just a ploy to get some $$$$ from RIM/Airtel/Vodaphone under the table.

And anyone can setup their own email server in US for just $2 a month and enable encryption for POP or IMAP.
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Whats wrong with the government asking for decrypting algorithms ? If authorities can listen to what you talk. Then why is this wrong ?
Everywhere around the world such powers are exercised by the governments.
I tend to think of the right to privacy as a fundamental right. I don't want some pervert listening in to my conversations and mails. Would you like it if a the govt put a camera in your bedroom. After all its the authorities, right? Where do you draw the line?
Without a warrant from a court, no authority, not even the president of the country should have any right to listen to the conversation or peep in to the private lives of citizens.
This is not some Nazi state, its a country claiming to be democratic.
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