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Encrypted Blackphone goes to war with snoopers

Published on Jan 19, 2014 11:08 AM
 

WASHINGTON (AFP) - It's a fully encrypted smartphone which aims to foil snooping governments, industry rivals and hackers.

It's also a sleek, attractive device that fits in your pocket and can impress friends and colleagues, according to its makers.

The Blackphone is set to be released next month by the secure communications firm Silent Circle and the small Spanish-based manufacturer Geeksphone, amid a fever pitch of concern over revelations about vast US surveillance of data and telephony.

But Silent Circle chief executive Mike Janke said his company was working on the handset even before last year's revelations about the wide-ranging US National Security Agency programmes, leaked by former contractor Edward Snowden.

 
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