BlackBerry’s deal to buy voice crypto company Secusmart blessed by German government
BlackBerry is now free to integrate German security vendor Secusmart’s voice encryption technology on its smartphones and software, after the German government approved its acquisition of the company.
BlackBerry CEO John Chen still wants his company to be the first choice of CIOs that want nothing but the best security as he works to turn around the company’s fortunes. The acquisition of Secusmart lets the company add the capability to encrypt voice and data communication to government security standards.
In this post-Edward Snowden world, cross-border acquisitions of security vendors have become even more touchy than before. Since Secusmart’s technology is used by the German government — including chancellor Angela Merkel , according to the company itself — it was extra sensitive.
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