Mobile security has become a major concern of the German government, ever since Edward Snowdens leaks revealed last year that the NSA had tapped German Chancellor Angela Merkels cellphone. They are now taking steps to protect themselves against wiretaps of this sort, and have turned to BlackBerry to help. Interior ministry spokesperson Tobias Plate told the Financial Post, We have a federal authority for information security and they checked several smartphones, and the only brand that was approved by them is the BlackBerry smartphones… it’s the security of the device. BlackBerry recently announced the purchase of SecuSmart, a German security company specializing in preventing phone tapping. BlackBerry has also recently launched secure BBM.