Blackberry Defends Giving Private Information To Police

Posted: Apr 18 2016, 8:14pm CDT | by , Updated: Apr 18 2016, 9:47pm CDT, in News | Technology News

 
Blackberry Defends Giving Private Information to Police
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BlackBerry has been facing quite a bit of controversy because they worked with the Royal Mounted Canadian Police to take down an organized crime ring.

The phone maker helped police with a key that decrypts the phone messages on Blackberry phones, according to a report. It is something similar to the backdoor encryptions that companies like Apple have said that they don't want to create because it will create privacy problems

"The case resulted in a major criminal organization being dismantled," said John Chen, BlackBerry's CEO and executive chairman, in a blog post published Monday. "Regarding BlackBerry's assistance, I can reaffirm that we stood by our lawful access principles."

BlackBerry has declined to make any more comments about the participation with law enforcement investigations, including whether or not they actually gave the police access through the backdoor. If it is true, the key could unlock the messages on millions of phones.

Messages sent from corporate cell phones aren't going to be able to be decrypted, they have clarified. These phones are connected to the BlackBerry Enterprise Server, which has been called "impenetrable."

Apple has insisted that they won't be doing this because it makes them vulnerable to hacking. Still, the US Department of Justice has said that they aren't thinking about safety and are rather using it as a marketing technique. Chen seemed to agree with the Justice Department in his blog post.

"I have stated before that we are indeed in a dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good," he said.

Chen finished with a philosophical feel:

“For BlackBerry, there is a balance between doing what’s right, such as helping to apprehend criminals, and preventing government abuse of invading citizen’s privacy, including when we refused to give Pakistan access to our servers. We have been able to find this balance even as governments have pressured us to change our ethical grounds. Despite these pressures, our position has been unwavering and our actions are proof we commit to these principles.”

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