BlackBerry Ltd (BBRY) CEO’s Response To UK PM
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s CEO, John Chen, does not support banning of encrypted communications as a way to allow government agencies to fight terrorism. Instead, Chen thinks that players in the industry should be willing to comply with lawful requests so that the government has an easy time tracking would-be-terrorists. His comments follow a proposal by the U.K. Prime Minister, David Cameron, for banning of encrypted communications.
In the wake of the Paris terror attack in which about 12 people were killed, there have been efforts to step up fight against terrorism. One of the strategies that Cameron proposed to President Barack Obama when he traveled to Washington is the banning of encrypted communications. He observed that encryption makes it hard for government agencies to track down those plotting terror.
However, in his response to Cameron’s proposal, Chen noted that there were legitimate concerns about making data unreadable. On one hand encryption provides data protection against hacking, which allows for safe moving of personal, corporate and government data through the Internet. However, on the hand, encryption hinders government efforts to monitor would-be-terrorists.
Need to increase encryption
Therefore, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY)’s CEO thinks that encryption should be increased rather than banned. He stated that increasing encryption will improve data protection so that it becomes more secure to move data on the Internet. He argued that banning encryption might end up putting more ammunition in the hands of cyber criminals, which can be devastating even to the governments that move sensitive data through the Internet.
Hand in requested information
However, Chen also conceded that players in the communications industry should be willing to facilitate legitimate efforts by the government to fight terrorism. Although he said he doesn’t support ongoing government collection of personal data, he agrees that criminals can abuse data encryption. Therefore, telecom companies, ISPs and some other players need to get serious about their responsibility to facilitate legitimate government request for information.
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) is one of the providers of secure mobile communications, especially for enterprises and government agencies around the world.
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