BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) makes controversial statement hinting at Apple (AAPL)
In a blog post, BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) (TSE:BB)’s CEO, John Chen, has suggested that Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a not a responsible corporate citizen of the world. According to Chen, companies should be willing to turn over their data to law enforcers where the request is lawful. In a seemingly veiled attack, Chen hits out at Apple over the recent development in which the company denied investigators access to data that could help bring a drug dealer to book.
BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY), a beleaguered smartphone maker, is educating Apple on how responsible companies behave to keep the world safe. According to BlackBerry’s Chen, there is no justification for withholding data from investigators if the data request is lawful and the data can aid in the fight against criminal activities.
If BlackBerry were Apple
Apple is reminded in Chen’s post that corporations, like individual citizens, have a role to help governments deal with offenders. As such, if BlackBerry were in Apple’s shoes in the matter of data request to investigate the activities of a known drug dealer, the company would have not hesitated to turn over the data it holds to the authorities.
Apple has a well-known hardline position when it comes to sharing its data with the law enforcers. The company almost never surrenders its user information to governments, especially if it feels justified to withhold the data. But that is what BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) doesn’t like, because as it seems, Chen believes that protecting user privacy doesn’t extend to protecting criminals.
Secure mobile environment
Interestingly, Chen is lashing out at Apple over its privacy stance at a time when BlackBerry boasts to offer the most secure mobile platform.
Perhaps for Apple, a failing smartphone company like BlackBerry Ltd (NASDAQ:BBRY) cannot be right enough in advising about user privacy and corporate responsibility. Apple is expected to sell nearly 80 million iPhones in the current quarter when BlackBerry is only dreaming of selling 5 million smartphones in a year to at least break even.
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