BlackBerry Reiterates Stance on Privacy

As the U.S. suddenly speaks of privacy, John Chen assures users that they’re safe with BlackBerry.

As President Trump strikes down FCC privacy rules that were put in place during the final months of the prior administration, something has happened. Suddenly, citizens are now speaking of privacy. While this is, of course, a highly politicized discussion, it is still getting people to speak about something very important. Something BlackBerry has been focused on all along. Privacy.

BlackBerry CEO John Chen took the opportunity to head to the Inside BlackBerry blogs to reiterate BlackBerry’s stance on user’s privacy.

“At BlackBerry, we make it our business not to know your business.” he starts out. If only all companies practiced this.

The rules that were being struck down, were rules put in place to ensure that internet service providers could not collect or sell user information or browsing history without the customer opting in the collection. Personally, I think those are good rules. Unfortunately, I think it was aimed at the wrong target. ISP’s aren’t the real culprits when it comes to the wholesale collection of this data. It’s sites, services, and applications that have been doing this in bulk. These sites, services, and applications, would not have been affected by these rules. In other words, with these rules in place, had they ever taken effect, would have stopped Comcast from collecting or selling this information unless the customer purposely opted in. Meanwhile Facebook would be able to continue the wholesale collection of this same information to use or sale at their leisure, unless users take the time to opt out.

Now, users are thinking about their information, where it is, and what is being done with it. This is a great time for those of us that follow this area of technology, to educate those that do not. There is a question as to if IPS’s are actually collecting this information, as many have come forward to say that they do not. There is no question that social media services, like Facebook, and search engines, like Google do in fact collect our information.

There is of course no need to question if BlackBerry is doing so, regardless of if the laws are in effect or not. As Chen states, “I want to reassure employees and customers that BlackBerry will continue to provide the highest standard of security, which includes an opt-in approach as it provides the most protection. Our privacy policy will not change. We do not look to monetize our customer’s information and imperil their privacy.”

“While it is great the U.S. government is taking steps to ease regulatory burdens on business,” Chen continues ” encroaching on privacy is something everyone in the tech industry should stand up against. By working together to protect our customers’ private information we can send a clear message that Americans’ privacy is not for sale.”

Sadly, I don’t see many in the tech industry working together to safeguard user information when utilizing this information is the primary monetization method for some of the biggest names in tech.

BlackBerry is a shining example of a company that is protecting our information. Our privacy. Whether the law requires it or not.

You can read John Chen’s full post here.


Founder & Owner of UTB Blogs. Former BlackBerry Elite. When I'm not talking or writing about BlackBerry, you'll find me using my BlackBerry.