BlackBerry Ltd Does Not Plan To Issue Transparency Report

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BlackBerry Ltd Does Not Plan To Issue Transparency Report
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BlackBerry is seeing tough competition not only in the handset business but in security and privacy as well. Rivals Apple and Google are making sincere efforts to tackle encryption and transparency concerns in recent years, but BlackBerry says it has “no plans” of tackling them, says a report from ZDNet.

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Lagging in transparency

Following the Snowden saga, every U.S. cell carrier publishes a transparency report detailing the number of government data demands it received. However, a spokesperson from BlackBerry confirmed that the company has no plan to release transparency reports in the near future.

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BlackBerry is an outlier in the current mobile marketplace and is not considering modernizing its corporate mantra despite the fact that it was revered as an encrypted email service provider once. According to comScore, BlackBerry’s share of the U.S. mobile market has come down from 13.4% three years ago to 1.2% at present.

Earlier this week, the Canadian firm’s chief operating officer, Marty Beard, said the company believes in taking a “balanced approach” to encryption and not in the “all about encryption all the way” approach that many companies adopt. It is thought that he was referring to Apple and Google. Beard’s comments do suggest that the company offers a backdoor for law enforcement purposes.

BlackBerry has no so-called “backdoor”

However, a BlackBerry spokesperson denied having a backdoor. Encryption plays a very important role in the protection of governments, businesses and individuals from hacking, and for this reason, many world leaders and company CEOs rely on BlackBerry for their data protection, the spokesperson said. In addition, everyone wants to keep terrorists and criminals away from taking advantage of encryption.

“That’s why we have always strongly supported law enforcement around the world when they need our help. While we do not support so-called ‘backdoors,’ we and every other tech company bears a responsibility to do all we can to help governments protect their citizens,” the spokesperson said.

Privacy advocates and technologists argue that it does not matter whether it is a “backdoor” or a “frontdoor,” but if a hole exists in encryption, then both privacy and security are at risk. BlackBerry has indeed cooperated well with law enforcement agencies around the world for some time, but it emphasizes that it does not offer special deals to individual countries. The BBC reported in mid-2013 that BlackBerry had agreed to provide the Indian government a way to access the messages of its customers.

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24 COMMENTS

  1. Option A: Decided Android/iOS
    Option B: Decided BB

    Option C: Undecided

    99 People chose Option A
    0 People chose Option B

    1 Person chose Option C

    Therefore the following is true:
    99% are decided on iOS/Android
    0% are decided on BB
    1% are undecided

    Therefore the following is NOT true:
    99.6% are decided
    0.4% are not decided.

    The rest of what you said:
    – All I hear is excuses as to why you continue to fail at selling your ideas. Stop blaming the Customers of your products for your failures. It’s getting tiresome.

  2. normally the government agenda is to keep people safe. If my kid got kidnapped “lets just say” I would want the authorities to have every tool available as to see my kid gets home safe. I would rather have no privacy if it meant easier methods of catching terrorists and criminal. sacrificing a little to gain a lot is a good thing.

  3. I don’t know what government you are referring to. My government, the US government, would have to drop everyone on welfare before it could cut my taxes in half.

    About privacy, what if your government becomes controlled by someone who thinks all people named “DEVVVV” should be sent to a concentration camp? Sounds silly until you recall that Hitler was democratically elected.

    Your naive theory about governments only doing good with data fails to realize that “the government” is comprised of humans who will ultimately have access to that data, and humans are innately evil.

  4. The government interest is in national security. They are not interested in who you go for coffee with but has interest in protecting your children. Did you know if the government was allowed to monitor key words pertaining to terrorism, drug traffic, tax evasion or criminal activity in general, your taxes would be cut in half? The only privacy the average citizen need is behind bedroom doors. What does the average citizen have to hide? unless of course.

  5. DEVVVV, you may have been right all along about BlackBerry, but you are dead wrong on this. Any government with unrestricted access to its citizen’s private data is nothing short of a tyrant. Most of us are unwilling to be subjects to a tyrant.

  6. Lol, HBB if 99 people say yes but the last of the 100 is undecided, but appears to leaning towards the majority, how would you determine the %? As for helping anyone, why would I want to help BlackBerry if they are incapable of trusting or believing in other. HBB I simply sent BlackBerry a letter stating I have the perfect fix for their company followed by stating its fool proof and 100% guaranteed. If they wish to be rude and not even send a reply or trust and believe, as they use the same words “believe” in their marketing scheme. No wonder most investors think BlackBerry is not worth betting on. The only investors making any money off BB shares are the ones that are taking it from their fellow investors of this stock, which includes you.

  7. I guess you forgot about the part where your survey included an option for those who were undecided, which you did confirm 1 person selected.

    Therefore, mathematically, 99 people/percent selected the option for they knew what option they wanted and 1 person/percent selected they were undecided.

    Your own wording makes you a liar.

    Don’t care about your envelope. That just goes to show you have no idea what you’re doing, when it comes to being an inventor because by doing that, you help nobody.

  8. HBB one person not people was undecided out of the hundred that was surveyed, that is where the 0.6% came into play. HBB I placed the instructions to the real next generation smart phone that RIM was suppose to adopt in a self addressed envelope and mailed it to myself. When the day comes that the next generation smart phone is invented and produced by someone else that had access to the infrastructure required to complete, I will reveal who really designed it, the letter will be opened by a lawyer that will document the event. I don’t have to prove sweet tweet to BlackBerry as if they do not wish to trust and have faith they don’t deserve this advanced technology.

  9. None of those were needed. The laws of mathematics clearly demonstrated that you were making up the information you provided as it was not mathematically possible.

    In case you forgot, here was the scenario:

    1. You stated you did a survey that 100 people responded to, in which 99.6 percent of the respondents stated they had made a definitive decision
    2. I confirmed with you that you were stating the full accuracy of your findings in the survey.
    3. You confirmed that the results of your survey as stated were 100 percent accurate.
    4. I informed you that it is impossible to have 99.6 percent of your responses to pick a single option which confirmed you were lying.
    5. You attempted to back track by saying you were creating an allowance for the people who were undecided, but you forgot that your survey included the option for people who were undecided already, so that was also a lie.

    Once proven to be a liar, you are given the credibility of a liar, which tends to be zero, or somewhere near it.

  10. I’ll take that chance. I’d rather live with more freedom. you need helllpppp. you have some mental disorder. ps. theres a reason no one cares about your stupid “game changing idea” did you draw it up in ms paint at least? let me guess, its a phone thats shaped like a cat? or maybe its a phone thats lets you fly to unicorn land.

  11. I think you would change your tune if authorities would have said “we could have avoided your kids kidnapping if we had access to emails” I dont care if anyone reads my emails if it means for a safer world.

  12. Encrypted email services should not be available to the general public, as a system then could be set up for law enforcement authorities. This system that could alert law enforcer of key words relating to terrorism or illegal activities in general.

  13. BlackBerry set the standard others try to achieve in security, compare the certs BlackBerry has.
    Helping an authority is not a statement of back door

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