We recently learned that the FBI had requested Apple to unlock an iPhone that was part of the investigation of a mass shooting. Apple immediately released a statement saying that it had denied these request from the FBI and refuse to create an encryption backdoor that would give third-parties access to users’ data.
Now it appears that mobile phone maker, BlackBerry has complied with similar requests from the Canadian government. The company released a statement in which it stated that it is aware of the allegations against BlackBerry concerning the company granting access to a device to the Canadian government in assisting a criminal investigation. The company, via an official blog post released by CEO, John Chen, states that:
[T]ech companies as good corporate citizens should comply with reasonable lawful access requests.
The company apparently follows a so-called guiding principle when it comes to such legal requests.
BlackBerry goes on to state that by assisting the Canadian government in its criminal investigations resulted in “a major criminal organisation being dismantled“. The company reassured users that the BES server was not involved in the case and confirms that the BES server remains impenetrable. BlackBerry claims that it doesn’t have the ability to create backdoor access to its BES server and that it is:
[T]he most secure mobile platform for managing all mobile devices. That’s why we are the gold standard in government and enterprise-grade security.
The company defends its actions in granting access to the Canadian government of user data by stating that it strives to strike a balance between assisting governments in criminal investigations and in protecting people’s privacy. The company uses an example of when it recently refused to give Pakistan access to its servers.
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