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BlackBerry hails purchase of German privacy firm for undisclosed amount

OTTAWA--Canadian smartphone maker BlackBerry announced Tuesday the purchase of German voice and data encryption and anti-eavesdropping firm Secusmart, whose customers include NATO and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her government.

Financial details of the transaction, which is subject to regulatory approvals, were not disclosed.

The two companies had already partnered to offer Secusmart-equipped BlackBerry handsets to most German government ministries and to the chancellor herself following allegations last year of the United States spying on its ally.

The deal firms BlackBerry's reputation for secure mobile communications, chief executive John Chen said in a statement.

The acquisition of Secusmart, he said, addresses "growing security costs and threats ranging from individual privacy to national security."

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