BlackBerry today has officially announced their support for Canada's Digital Charter which lays out 10 guiding principles that the Canadian Government will use to govern the use of data in the digital world. As part of the announcement, Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, took the time to cite BlackBerry as an industry leader in security and privacy.

"Whether it's protecting the data generated by the IoT connected world, or guarding government secrets, BlackBerry has earned its reputation as an industry leader in security and privacy," said the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. "With our Digital Charter our government is building a framework so, like BlackBerry, companies can build their competitive advantage on trust, innovate in Canada, create good jobs, and contribute to the protection of Canadians' data security."

In addition to announcing their support for Canada's Digital Charter, BlackBerry also noted in their press release that later this year, they will be holding events around the world with the Government of Canada to discuss with CIOs, CSOs, IT Directors and more to learn about Canada's Digital Charter and ways it can be implemented.

Government of Canada Cites BlackBerry as the Industry Standard for Trusted Technology

WATERLOO, Ont. – June 6, 2019 – BlackBerry Limited (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) announced today its support of Canada's Digital Charter and that it has been recognized by the Government of Canada as a benchmark for trusted technology. The Charter, recently unveiled by Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, has trust at its foundation to protect the privacy and data security of Canada's citizens.

"Whether it's protecting the data generated by the IoT connected world, or guarding government secrets, BlackBerry has earned its reputation as an industry leader in security and privacy," said the Honorable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development. "With our Digital Charter our government is building a framework so, like BlackBerry, companies can build their competitive advantage on trust, innovate in Canada, create good jobs, and contribute to the protection of Canadians' data security."

BlackBerry has been built on a foundation of trust, which is why governments, banks and other regulated industry organizations around the world use BlackBerry software. BlackBerry trust, the standard for trustworthy technology, consists of three core pillars – security, privacy and control.

"As data becomes a powerful economic engine, how it is handled, managed and shared will have a profound impact on how we work and live," said John Chen, Executive Chairman and CEO, BlackBerry. "We applaud the Government of Canada for prioritizing privacy and are honored to have set the standard for trustworthy technology as we expand the application of our software across the Internet of Things."

While the benefits of being increasingly connected are vast, industry and government leaders need to build credible trust between technology and people for this potential to be realized. Canada's Digital Charter enables this trust by providing a framework to protect individual privacy, keep data safe, and ensure companies operate in a simple and straightforward manner with their users.

Later this year, BlackBerry will be holding events around the world with the Government of Canada to empower enterprises to rise to the challenge of a trusted IoT. During the events, BlackBerry will hold sessions for CIOs, CSOs, IT Directors and more to learn about Canada's Digital Charter and ways it can be implemented. To learn more about the BlackBerry Security Summit and BlackBerry World Tour, please visit BlackBerry.com/worldtour.

BlackBerry Cybersecurity Consulting is a service available to guide organizations through the process of understanding best-in-class ways to manage company data and holistically protect your desktop and mobile endpoints, that meet the BlackBerry trust standard. For more information contact csenquiries@BlackBerry.com.

About BlackBerry

BlackBerry (NYSE: BB; TSX: BB) is a trusted security software and services company that provides enterprises and governments with the technology they need to secure the Internet of Things. Based in Waterloo, Ontario, the company is unwavering in its commitment to safety, cybersecurity and data privacy, and leads in key areas such as artificial intelligence, endpoint security and management, encryption and embedded systems. For more information, visit BlackBerry.com and follow @BlackBerry.