Officials of India’s Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed last Friday that they would call off a threatened ban of BlackBerry services in India after Research-in-Motion (RIM), the Canadian-based producer of the BlackBerry e-mail device, agreed to “set up an interim arrangement for lawful interception of BlackBerry, or BBM services” by national security agencies. In recent months, RIM and providers of web-based calling services, such as Google and Skype, have been pressured by various nations to open their networks to surveillance by government officials who hope to thwart potential terrorist activity. Because the heavily-encrypted BlackBerry device—which is favored by business users that seek secured communications—is also viewed as a convenient tool for terrorists, regulators in India and other countries such as Saudi Arabia and Turkey are pursuing requirements that would force RIM to establish local servers that would enable officials to monitor secured network data in the name of national security. Although India threatened initially to cut off BlackBerry corporate e-mail and messaging services if RIM failed to provide officials with access to secure network data by the end of August, the government postponed enforcement of that directive for 60 days to allow RIM additional time to formulate a technical solution that addresses the concerns of both parties. Based on RIM’s interim agreement to allow lawful interception of encrypted network data, India’s Ministry of Home Affairs confirmed last Friday that it would cancel the threatened BlackBerry service ban in exchange for RIM’s pledge to devise a final technical solution by January 31 that would provide the government with continued access to BlackBerry transmissions.