Since 1984, BlackBerry has had a strong reputation for data security and privacy protection, and has recently refocused itself as a technical pioneer applying its data protection skill to the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and other innovative technology. With its global headquarters in Waterloo, Ontario, BlackBerry operates in 27 countries with an annual turnover of C$2.4bn in 2018 and has the trust of some of the world’s top companies to manage their data security. This excellent reputation for security is mirrored by the quality of BlackBerry’s in-house legal department. Led by Silicon Valley-based chief legal officer and corporate secretary Randall Cook, the team is highly skilled in data privacy law, corporate governance and all legal matters related to the information technology sector. It handles the company’s legal affairs worldwide including its litigation, M&A, government relations, public policy, regulatory compliance, licensing, contracting, IP and corporate security. In November 2018, BlackBerry acquired artificial intelligence and cyber security company, Cylance, in a boost to its BlackBerry Spark programme – a combination of its data security software with the Internet of Things market. Already well known for its encryption software, BlackBerry will leverage this acquisition to further this reputation and bring it to this new market.