Tech firms have a duty to cooperate with police says BlackBerry Ltd

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 chief executive John Chen said firms need to strike a balance between protecting the right to privacy and helping investigators apprehend criminals.The RCMP has had key to ‘unlock’ BlackBerry messages since as early as 2010, report saysWhy time is running out for BlackBerry Ltd’s handset businessBlackBerry Ltd unveils BlackBerry Radar tracking system at trucking showChen 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.“For BlackBerry, there is a balance between doing what’s right, such as helping to apprehend criminals, and preventing government abuse of invading citizen’s privacy, including when we refused to give Pakistan access to our servers,” Chen wrote.“We have been able to find this balance even as governments have pressured us to change our ethical grounds. Despite these pressures, our position has been unwavering and our actions are proof we commit to these principles.”Chen said the company’s BES server, a key part of its system, was not involved.BlackBerry declined further comment.There is a balance between doing what’s right … and preventing government abuse of invading citizen’s privacy.The debate over police access to encrypted smartphone messages came to the forefront in recent weeks following a fight between Apple Inc. and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.The FBI took Apple to court, in hopes of forcing it to help with accessing information on an iPhone used by a mass killer in the shootings in San Bernardino, Calif. The company refused, but the authorities eventually were able to hack into the phone themselves.Bloomberg News read more



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Lorry driver who ploughed into and killed family of four as he

first_imgThe court had heard that Kroker, who himself had become a father five months before the incident, was so distracted by his phone that he barely looked at the road for almost a kilometre.Passing sentence, Judge Maura McGowan said his attention had been so poor that he “might as well have had his eyes closed”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. Tracey Houghton Their car was shunted underneath the back of a heavy goods vehicle and crushed to a third of its size, immediately killing the family, from Bedfordshire, at the scene on the A34 dual carriageway north of Newbury in Berkshire.Kroker, from Andover, Hampshire, had pleaded guilty to four counts of causing death by dangerous driving and one count of causing serious injury by dangerous driving at Reading Crown Court on October 10.He was sentenced at the same court on Monday. Tomasz Kroker admitted killing Tracey, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee GoldsmithCredit: INS News Agency A lorry driver who killed a woman and three children by ploughing into their stationary car while scrolling through music on his mobile phone has been jailed for 10 years.Tomasz Kroker, 30, smashed into the vehicle carrying Tracey Houghton, 45, her sons, Ethan Houghton, 13, and Josh Houghton, 11, and her stepdaughter, Aimee Goldsmith, 11, at 50mph on August 10. Tracey HoughtonCredit: INS News Agency Just an hour earlier he had signed a declaration to his employer, promising he would not use his phone at the wheel.Kroker’s truck ploughed into a stationary queue of two lorries and four smaller vehicles which were stuck behind a slow-moving articulated lorry near the villages of East and West Ilsley at around 5.10pm.A man was seriously injured and four other people were hurt in the horrific accident. Tomasz Kroker admitted killing Tracey, Josh and Ethan Houghton and Aimee Goldsmithlast_img read more



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WISLA TV about victory over Flensburg This is Orlen Arena

Orlen Wisla Plock Polish Orlen Wisla Plock made another great result after beating FC Barcelona two months ago. Manolo Cadenas boys overtook the third place in the EHF Champions League Preliminary Round Group by beating SG Flensburg in their last match.Orlen Wisla Plock will meet Macedonian TOP team RK Vardar Skopje at the beginning of knock-out stage. ← Previous Story GERMANY BELIEVES IN DANES: Jakob Vestergaard is new NT head-coach! Next Story → Nikola Karabatic and Eduarda Amorim – IHF World Handball Players 2014



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