BlackBerry's new chief doesn't like leaks.
John Chen, the man who has been serving as BlackBerry's CEO since November 2013, has announced that BlackBerry would now take action in order to stop future leaks. Specifically, he doesn't want the media to report on any "critical and confidential project" until BlackBerry is ready to discuss said project. He called leaks both "distracting" and "misleading" to stakeholders, and that they are "seldom advantageous" for business.
"I recognize that, in some cases, the leaks reflect people’s genuine interest in BlackBerry. There are a lot of people whose enthusiasm for our company and our products makes them want to know what we will do next — and that can be a tremendous asset for us as a brand," wrote Chen in a post via BlackBerry's official blog. "But, when curiosity turns to criminality, we must take strong action."
BlackBerry will now "take appropriate actions to prevent leaks from happening," which means it will prosecute both internal and external individuals who leak information before BlackBerry is ready to share. The company is currently pursuing legal action against a person, for instance, who allegedly posed as a carrier partner employee, then obtained access to secure networks, and leaked stolen information about a future BlackBerry product.
Chen, a Hong Kong native who previously served as CEO of Sybase, said his decision to crack down on leakers will likely lead to fewer "blog posts with photos and rumors of the next BlackBerry smartphones," but BlackBerry will still supposedly discuss big updates with the public "early and often".