Barcelona - More people are becoming concerned about their data falling into
the hands of US spy agencies - even if they have nothing to hide.
That's the word from Blackphone, and the company has moved to address
security issues with its smartphone.
The Blackphone looks like an ordinary smartphone from the outside, but has a
number of features that make it unique.
"You can never say that something is 100% secure. There is nothing that
is 100% secure in the world; if someone is saying this to you, they are
lying," Blackphone vice president of Engineering David Puron told News24.
He argued that people were getting tired of having to hand over personal
data to corporations, especially as social networks increase their reach.
Facebook recently announced a $19bn takeover of chat application service
WhatsApp and many have expressed concern that it may give the Silicon Valley giant
an opportunity to mine personal data of users not yet on the globally popular
social network of more than one billion users.
"That's going to be changing. If you asked three years ago if anyone
was concerned about security, no-one cared. If you asked today, probably 20% to
30% will be concerned. That's going to be increasing," said Puron.
While it runs Android, the company has created its own flavour of the
popular operating system with an emphasis on security.
The Blackphone's philosophy is so focused on security that Puron insisted on
hiding passwords - even in a demonstration at the Mobile World Congress for
Puron said that the company would sell the Blackphone for $629 and that the
device appeals to ordinary people, not just those who may have state secrets
that have to be kept safe.
"What I can tell you is that we have millions of
visitors to the website - they are normal people, not CEOs, nor presidents -
they just don't want to give their information to Facebook and Google, but they
don't have the ability."
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