BlackBerry’s Privacy Stance Will Strike It From History: Edward Snowden

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BlackBerry’s Privacy Stance Will Strike It From History: Edward Snowden
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Former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blasted BlackBerry for privacy policies that he said will erase it from history. The Canadian company has been painting itself as offering the height of security for some time, but Snowden accuses it of being too open with government agencies.

BlackBerry is too much like AT&T, says Snowden

The well-known whistleblower, who is still in Russia where he has been granted an extension to his asylum, accused BlackBerry of following an “AT&T model.” In other words, he feels that rather than seeing people as its true customers, BlackBerry treats government agencies like they are its real customers. He made the comments on a video call with organizers of the Cantech 2017 Investment Conference in Toronto.

Snowden accused BlackBerry of building backdoors into its Messenger, which it markets as being heavily encrypted and secure. He claimed that the company grants governments access to its customers’ messages whenever they want. He even accused BlackBerry of working with the governments of India, the U.S. and Canada, handing over data on users when it receives requests.

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