Blackberry is “Disturbed” by Apple’s Encryption Policy
Gareth Andrews / 4 years ago
Companies are often critical of one another when their policies are involved. With privacy and encryption sitting atop everyone’s minds with recent news that the Blackberry boss has come out as more than a little “disturbed” regarding Apples latest move to encrypt everything.
With the encryption policy in place to increase the number of items they encrypt, including making it harder to even access the phone. John Chen, the boss of Blackberry, doesn’t quite agree with more than one policy from Apple.
Chen described the battle between the FBI and Apple as an example of the “dark place when companies put their reputations above the greater good”. Carrying on Chen said:
“One of our competitors, we call it ‘the other fruit company’, has an attitude that it doesn’t matter how much it might hurt society, they’re not going to help. I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out.”
Chen pointed out that just because they don’t agree with Apple it doesn’t mean Blackberry will hand out data left right and center. When it comes to backdoors, Chen doesn’t want to go anywhere near mandatory backdoors considering that “there’s proposed legislation in the US, and I’m sure it will come to the EU, that every vendor needs to provide some form of a back door. That is not going to fly at all. It just isn’t”.