“BlackBerry’s Security Summit kicked off yesterday in New York,” Jack Purcher reports for Patently Apple. “With the Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman John McCain being unhappy with Apple’s CEO for not attending a hearing on encryption last week, BlackBerry’s CEO John Chen saw an opportunity to score some political points yesterday by saying that he was disturbed by Apple’s tough approach to encryption and user privacy, warning that the firm’s attitude is harmful to society.”

“Chen was quizzed about his opinion on government requests for user data during BlackBerry’s Security Summit in New York Q&A session. ‘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,'” Purcher reports. “Chen added that ‘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.'”

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MacDailyNews Take: What’s even more disturbing is that John Chen either doesn’t know that encryption is binary (it’s either on or off) and that there are no such things as back doors that only work for “the good guys” or he thinks the rest of us are too stupid to know he’s feigning ignorance about those blatant facts in order to score whatever points he’s thinks he’s scoring – and, no, he’s not scoring any for his flattened little pancake of iPhone roadkill: U.S. Senate finally pulls plug on antiquated BlackBerry phones – July 5, 2016.

We won’t even get into the fact that Chen seemingly doesn’t recognize the irony of calling for Apple to make their products insecure at a so-called “Security Summit.”

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