Protecting the Users

Protecting the Users

I came across this article on Ars Technica which talks about BlackBerry BES pulling out of the Pakistani market because they refused to supply a backdoor. Sean Gallagher quoted Marty Beard who is the BlackBerry COO saying this:

“While we regret leaving this important market and our valued customers there, remaining in Pakistan would have meant forfeiting our commitment to protect our users’ privacy. That is a compromise we are not willing to make.” Beard said that the Pakistani government demanded “the ability to monitor all BlackBerry Enterprise Service traffic in the country, including every BES e-mail and BES BBM message,” but that the company had refused, prompting the ban.

While reading comments and looking for more information I saw BlackBerry criticized for possible past issues or people saying that the market was super small anyways so it basically does not matter. Either way, it seems that BlackBerry is standing up for the users and doing their best to protect them. It looks like more companies are starting to fight for the users and push back against governments demanding this type of access. It would be interesting to see if the same sentiment would apply to the United States. So far Apple seems to be leading the way in this regard. Although without open source software it is impossible to tell if they are saying one thing in public and doing another thing behind closed doors…

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