January 16, 2014
In a post-Edward Snowden era, one Smartphone maker has developed a phone it says prioritizes security to help consumers protect their privacy.
Blackphone is the company behind the product – a partnership between Madrid company Geeksphone and Silent Circle, an encrypted communications service provider.
The company says its dedicated to creating a phone that’s spy-proof, shutting out organizations like the National Security Agency from keeping tabs on cell phone users.
Users will be able to make calls, send texts, videos and chats securely, as well as transfer files and browse the Internet through a secure virtual private network.
Blackphones co-founder Phil Zimmermann says the company’s aim is to uphold one’s right to privacy, and according to its website, the phone will allow users to “take ownership of (their) mobile presence and digital footprints.”
“I have spent my whole career working towards the launch of secure telephony products,” said Zimmermann. “Blackphone 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.”
While there’s not much more detail than that, consumers won’t have to wait long for a glimpse at the phone, which will be showcased at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in February.
Megan Abraham is a staff writer for SiteProNews.