If the leak about the NSA’s domestic spying wasn’t already bad enough, Tuesday the New York Times reported that the government agency also put secret surveillance software on nearly 100,000 computers around the world that allowed agents to monitor the machines using radio frequency technology.
I’m starting to feel like I have about the same amount of privacy I did that one time I used the dressing room at Filiene’s Basement in downtown Boston only to realize after I stepped inside with an armful of clothes that none of the rooms had doors.
That department store closed its main doors permanently, solving one minor exposure problem. For the other an encryption company called Silent Circle founded by cryptographer Phil Zimmerman has a snoop-free smartphone called Blackphone.
According to FastCoLabs, Zimmerman teamed up with Spanish telephony company Geeksphone to create PrivatOS, an operating system for Android phones that allows the user to obtain all available apps, but with an added layer of security for calls and text messages.
In a Vimeo video (see below), Zimmerman explains: “We’re trying to create a smartphone whose whole purpose is to protect privacy.”
It’s unclear how the technology works, but FastCoLabs’ Jennifer Elias think at the very least, a secured connection might require both parties to be using a Blackphone. Silent Circle is releasing the first version Feb. 24, so we’ll have to wait until then to find out.
Credit: Silent Circle