08 May 2017
The curious case of San Bernardino's shooting case pushed Apple in much controversy. Apple stood by its policies, didn't back down and become the apple of an eye for every iPhone lover. But, Apple became a hero only in front of its users as the company didn't compromise their security for the sake of that case that was continuously pulling the reputation of the company down at least in front of the Government. Apple had gone through many phases and we must say many strong verdicts were made against it but Apple stood strong and neglected every hearing of the Government.
The iPhone that stirred the nation was then opened by a third party and whether the data inside the smartphone was helpful or not is still a mystery, we really don't know this as there aren't any traces. The case was then shut completely. But, just imagine after a few months, some other company which is very much known for providing security products comes and starts re-opening the pages of that book that was closed. We are talking about BlackBerry who didn't leave the opportunity when it knocked the company's door.
Speaking at the BlackBerry Security Summit in New York, John Chen, Chief Executive, BlackBerry was questioned about his opinion on government requests for the customer data. The company rather chose this chance as a golden opportunity and start detailing his answer by exemplifying the case of Apple.
He said -
One of our competitors, we call it 'the other fruit company', has an attitude that it doesn’t matter how much it might hurt society, they’re not going to help.
I found that disturbing as a citizen. I think BlackBerry, like any company, should have a basic civil responsibility. If the world is in danger, we should be able to help out.
He further said -
"Of course, there need to be clear guidelines. The guidelines we've adopted require legal assets. A subpoena for certain data. But if you have the data, you should give it to them."
However, at the same time, Chen was also in pain when a question raised that in the past BlackBerry has given user data to governments.
For this, he said -
"There’s some complete nonsense about what we can and can’t do. People are mad at us that we let the government have the data. It’s absolute garbage. We can’t do that."
Also, the CEO said the plans of creating a backdoor for the governments has been proposed in the US and he believes that it will sure land to the EU, but “that is not going to fly at all. It just isn't,” he said.
By giving mixed reactions, BlackBerry had actually put itself at a safer side. But we can't deny that the company has once again made us remember the strong determination of Apple against the FBI. BlackBerry might have pulled a generous limelight but this isn't going to stay longer as the company itself was skeptical at many times while elaborating things.
However, we believe, "BlackBerry knew when the fruit was ripe enough to enjoy the delicious bite, but the company has also axed itself while plucking the fruit that was hanging at the top."