05.11.2014 - 15:33 [ Techdirt ]

Former NSA Lawyer Says Reason Blackberry Failed Was ‚Too Much Encryption‘ Warns Google/Apple Not To Make Same Mistake

There are times that I wonder if former NSA General Counsel Stewart Baker is just trolling with his various comments, because they’re so frequently out of touch with reality, even though he’s clearly an intelligent guy. His latest is to join in with the misguided attacks on Apple and Google making mobile encryption the default on iOS and Android devices, with an especially bizarre argument: protecting the privacy of your users is bad for business. Oh really? Specifically, Baker engages in some hysterically wrong historical revisionism concerning the rise and fall of RIM/Blackberry: