The key, according to Boismenu, is so powerful that it could be
used to “illegitimately” decipher any “prerecorded communications
encrypted with that key” — so it’s striking that the RCMP had
access to it.
Indeed, Crown attorney Robert Rouleau stated in an ex parte
hearing: “So right now, with my device, if I’m not on the
[Business Enterprise Server], I’m a dead chicken. That’s the
reality of it, that’s what we don’t want the general public
RCMP inspector Mark Flynn testified in a heavily redacted
transcript that BlackBerry “facilitated the interception process,”
however, Flynn also stated that facilitation could mean mere
information sharing or a physical action to aid interception.
Flynn further testified that revealing the key would jeopardize
the RCMP’s working relationship with BlackBerry, and harm
BlackBerry itself, since “it is not a good marketing thing to say
we work with the police.”
You don’t say.