Blackphone, a Smartphone for the Snowden Era

In response to the data-harvesting practices of the NSA, a new smartphone has been unveiled "whose whole purpose is to protect users' privacy."

"Technology was supposed to make our lives better," says the narrator in the promotional video for Blackphone below. "Instead, we have lost our privacy. We have become enslaved."

In response to the data-harvesting practices of the NSA, encrypted smartphones are now hitting the market. For instance, the encrypted communications service company Silent Circle has partnered with the Spanish company Geeksphone to produce Blackphone, a smartphone "whose whole purpose is to protect users' privacy," according to the video below.

According to an accompanying press release, Blackphone, "powered by a security-oriented Android™ build named PrivatOS, is a carrier- and vendor-independent smartphone giving individuals and organizations the ability to make and receive secure phone calls, exchange secure texts, transfer and store files, and video chat without compromising user privacy on the device."

The smartphone will be officially be unveiled in February in Spain. 

Watch the video here:

Introduction to Blackphone from BLACKPHONE on Vimeo.

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