After reportsÃ‚Â that the U.S. National Security Agency was tracking the mobile communications of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Germany’s Federal Ministry of the Interior took action and began usingÃ‚Â BlackBerry 10 smartphones coupled withÃ‚Â German firm Secusmart’sÃ‚Â anti-eavesdropping technology.Ã‚Â On Monday, GermanyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s Federal Ministry of the Interior said it wants more of its officials using encrypted BlackBerrys.
The ministry uses 3,000 encrypted BlackBerry devices outfitted with technology made by German firm Secusmart thatÃ‚Â makes them less susceptible to eavesdropping, said interior ministry spokesman Tobias Plate in a phone interview to the Financial Post.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“More and moreÃ¢â‚¬Â of these encrypted devices made by the Waterloo, Ont.-based company are being bought for federal government employees and the number is Ã¢â‚¬Å“constantly risingÃ¢â‚¬Â, said Mr. Plate.
Only BlackBerry smartphones comply with the ministryÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s security standards for use with SecusmartÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s technology, he said Monday.
Ã¢â‚¬Å“We have a federal authority for information security and they checked several smartphones, and the only brand that was approved by them is the BlackBerry smartphonesÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ ItÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the security of the device,Ã¢â‚¬Â he said.
The handsets, which incorporate a Secusmart microSD card that acts as a separate hard drive for confidential information that canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be accessed by hackers, are sold by the German company for 2,000 Euros.[signoff predefined=”Enjoy this?” icon=”icon-users”][/signoff]