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Brief Published: 17 Jan 2014

Privacy-Focused Smartphone


Global encryption firm Silent Circle and Spanish smartphone manufacturer Geeksphone have created what they are touting as the world’s most secure smartphone.

The Blackphone has been designed with privacy in mind by an all-star international team of cryptographers, security specialists and mobile innovators. An Android-based operating system called PrivatOS offers an extra layer of privacy that allows users to make and receive phone calls, exchange text messages and files and browse the internet securely, and anonymise activity through a VPN (virtual private network).

“Privacy has become such a commodity,” says Mike Janke, co-founder and chief executive of Silent Circle. “And none of the other devices in the world have been built around giving privacy back to the user.”

The handsets will be manufactured in Switzerland and all communication services come pre-installed, meaning the Blackphone has “no hooks to carriers or vendors”. While the price has yet to be revealed, pre-orders will begin at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on February 24 – look out for further Stylus coverage of the event, coming soon.

Following last year’s US National Security Agency scandal, many consumers are becoming more concerned about how their digital data is used. At last month’s Wearable Futures event in London, designers proposed a variety of anti-surveillance accessories to help consumers preserve their privacy, while marketers are learning to become more open with consumers about online targeting and tracking.

For more on this topic, see Big Data & The New Privacy and Data Tracking & Response Monitoring, part of the Future of the Store Industry Trend.