Last week there was a rumor that the Canadian Police had a master encryption key for BlackBerry’s mobile devices that allowed them to decrypt messages on the platform.
BlackBerry has now responded to the rumor and they have neither confirmed or denied that they have given a master key to the authorities, they did confirm though that they have helped the authorities in criminal cases.
This very belief was put to the test in an old case that recently resurfaced in the news, which speculated on and challenged BlackBerry’s corporate and ethical principles. In the end, the case resulted in a major criminal organization being dismantled. Regarding BlackBerry’s assistance, I can reaffirm that we stood by our lawful access principles. Furthermore, at no point was BlackBerry’s BES server involved. Our BES continues to be impenetrable – also without the ability for backdoor access – and is the most secure mobile platform for managing all mobile devices. That’s why we are the gold standard in government and enterprise-grade security.
The company also mentioned that it refused to given Pakistan access to their servers in the past, they did not reveal exactly how the cooperated with the Canadian authorities, so basically they have neither confirmed or denied that the Canadian police has master encryption key for their BlackBerry devices.