BlackBerry has been granted approval to purchase German-based encryption company Secusmart, with the Canadian smartphone manufacturer agreeing to a "no-spy" agreement. As part of the agreement, BlackBerry will grant the German Federal Office for Information Security (BSI) access to the BlackBerry operating system.
In addition, BlackBerry executives have given the German government assurance that no data will be passed along to the NSA, GCHQ, and other foreign intelligence branches.
"The German government has examined the planned purchase of Secusmart by BlackBerry and given its approval for it to go ahead," said a spokeswoman from the German economy ministry.
Former NSA contractor Edward Snowden publicly informed the world about NSA spying, including on German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other German government executives.