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“Blackphone” offers complete encryption of data for consumers

10 Feb 2014

In June 2013, National Security Agency (NSA) operation documents were leaked, revealing that the American government was conducting global and unwarranted surveillance. Since then, consumer data protection has been at the forefront of everyone’s mind.

This has led security communications company, Silent Circle, to develop a fully encrypted consumer smartphone that will be available on the market in February 2014. The device is named Blackphone.

Blackphone offers “completely encrypted, peer-to-peer communications. We have encrypted video, encrypted text and secure VoIP (Voice-over-Internet-Protocol) calls”, states Silent Circle’s chief executive, Mike Janke. The company also says that the Blackphone will compete with smartphones like the newest iPhone and the Samsung Galaxy in terms of hardware specifications, however, will be offered at a lower price.

Janke says that the Blackphone has received global interest from international telecommunication carriers and enterprise companies. Smartphone manufacturers “are in the business of monetising data”, therefore, it will be interesting to see if consumer demand will force companies like Apple, Samsung and Motorola to provide fully encrypted services and devices like Blackphone in the future.

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