(Tech) Introducing: The Blackphone

For those of you that are simply sick of everything monetizing your every move with your device then the engineers at Geeksphone and Silent Circle have created the device for you, simply named The Blackphone. Blackphone promises to “prioritize the user’s privacy and control, without any hooks to carriers or vendors.”

Today, goggle uses information from your android device to push things that you may be interested in. For instance, you happen to vist the coffee shop on 123 Sunny Day Ave. every Tuesday around 7pm, well with the information collected Google now knows that you enjoy coffee and that you happen to like that location. So now you will receive ads and notifications about coffee and an estimated travel time to that location. While this is an awesome feature for most, it leaves room for highly educated hackers to do the near impossible and take that information.

How Do They do it?

They’ll do it using a custom version of Android that they call PrivatOS, which will apparently have a framework built-in for securing everything about your mobile communications. Here’s a quick summary of things it’ll be able to do for you:

blackphone-silent-circle-in-a-smartphoneYou can make and receive secure phone calls; exchange secure texts; exchange and store secure files; have secure video chat; browse privately; and anonymize your activity through a VPN.

Blackphone vows to give power back to the user. While they aren’t specific on how any of this will be done, we’re told we should be learning more about it at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next month. For what it’s worth, they say the phone will be just as powerful and capable as the top smartphones from major manufacturers. We won’t take their word for it just yet, but they definitely have our attention from this point forward.

Blackphone is something that is sure to turn the heads of many in a time where more and more folks are conscious about their basic rights to privacy. With the likes of the NSA potentially monitoring communications using backdoor protocols and advanced surveillance techniques, privacy buffs everywhere will have to seriously consider the proposition Blackphone is making. They’re hoping the video you see above will convince you, so go ahead and give it a quick viewing and see how you feel about it.

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via (Phandroid.com)

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