| BERLIN, July 31
BERLIN, July 31 The German government will not
raise any objections to BlackBerry's planned
acquisition of Secusmart, whose encryption technology protects
the devices of government officials including Angela Merkel, the
head of the company said.
"I am sure that there will be a positive decision after it
has been looked at," Hans-Christoph Quelle, managing director of
the privately-held German firm, told Reuters in a telephone
Germany's economy ministry said on Wednesday it would have
to check whether German security would be affected by the
planned sale, saying a decision would be made within a month as
to whether a deeper investigation was needed.
Chancellor Merkel, whose mobile phone was reported to have
been tapped by U.S. intelligence agents, has a BlackBerry mobile
device with Secusmart encryption, as do many other members of
Quelle said he was aware that the ministry would look at the
sale according to the laws which regulate foreign deals.
But he said a sale of Secusmart would not compromise German
"Nothing changes the security of the 'Merkel phone' and the
telephones supplied to the government," added Quelle.
"All the secrets are only in the micro-SD (card).. which the
BSI Federal Office for Information Security has developed and
supplied to us," he said. "Neither Secusmart nor BlackBerry has
access to that."
BlackBerry is trying to reinvent itself under its new Chief
Executive John Chen and wants to buy Secusmart to improve its
track record with highly security-conscious clients like
(Writing by Madeline Chambers; editing by Tom Pfeiffer)