WATERLOO, Ont. – The head of BlackBerry says tech companies have a duty to be “good corporate citizens” who co-operate with reasonable lawful requests from the police.
The comments were in response to a story last week by Vice, which reported the RCMP intercepted and decrypted more than a million BlackBerry messages as part of an investigation between 2010 and 2012.
The probe, dubbed “Project Clemenza,” involved the killing of a Mafia crime family member.
In a blog post Monday, BlackBerry (TSX:BB) chief executive John Chen said firms need to strike a balance between protecting the right to privacy and helping investigators apprehend criminals.
Chen wrote that the world is a “dark place” when companies put their reputations above the greater good.
He noted that the case resulted in a major criminal organization being dismantled.