“Baker said encrypting user data had been a bad business model for Blackberry, which has had to dramatically downsize its business and refocus on business customers. ‘Blackberry pioneered the same business model that Google and Apple are doing now – that has not ended well for Blackberry,’ said Baker,” Kiss reports. “Baker said the market for absolute encryption was very small, and that few companies wanted all their employees’ data to be completely protected.”
“Matthew Prince, CEO of Cloudflare, defended the tech firms, saying these businesses depend on trust and that the Snowden revelations had been ‘a shot across the bow for companies like Google,'” Kiss reports. “‘Where in the past there was a willingness to work with law enforcement, that time has gone,’ he said. ‘I have faith in the math [of encryption]. No-one can monitor that – and I’m not sure we want private law enforcement taking on the law and picking which traffic is good or bad.'”
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MacDailyNews Take: What did in BlackBerry was the Steve Jobs steamroller combined with deer-in-the-headlights half-CEOs distracted by NHL teams and content to rest upon their laurels while bullshitting investors, not encryption.
Of course the NSA and ex-government lawyers hate Apple’s encryption. That means it works.
Apple products are even more desirable because they are secure and offer users the ability to maintain their privacy.
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