Anti-NSA Phone Coming To Market
A new encrypted smartphone might quickly become your best ally against the NSA’s far-reaching draconian powers. The Blackphone is being marketed as a device unlike other phones, in that it’s firstly a security-minded electronic device and secondly a communications apparatus.
Despite Obama’s assurances about NSA reforms, most Americans continue to be skeptical of the agency’s marketed commitment to protecting privacy where it can. So, there’s definitely a market for this kind of thing.
Silent Circle, the encryption firm behind the Blackphone, is familiar with the public’s desire for privacy as they once were one of the biggest providers of encrypted email. That is, before they had to shut their doors when the FBI came pounding on the door with a security breach request…
In partnership with Geeksphone, an independent, Spain-based phone manufacturer responsible for Firefox OS developer devices, Silent Circle hopes to “provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect.”
Though not much is known about its non-functional specs — whether you’ll be able to take pretty pictures with it, for instance — the Blackphone will allow users to make secure phone calls, video chats, text exchanges, and file transfers independent of existing vendors and carriers.
If you can’t wait to get a hold of the Blackphone, mark Feb. 24 on the calendar. On that day, the phone will be officially unveiled to the world at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. Who knows how long before it’ll hit stores and render the NSA irrelevant?