(Bloomberg) -- BlackBerry Ltd. prides itself both on its reputation for security and close relationships with many of the world’s most powerful governments. In an era where consumers are increasingly aware of surveillance from law enforcement and spy agencies, those two points of pride may start coming into conflict.

A by Vice News on Thursday, citing court documents, details how the Royal Canadian Mounted Police obtained a key to unlock messages sent between BlackBerry phones as early as 2010. The situation stands in stark contrast to the clash that erupted between Apple Inc. and the U.S. government earlier this year when the U.S. tech firm refused to redesign its software to let the FBI bypass encryption on an iPhone used by a shooter in the San Bernardino attacks.

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