Anti-snooping phones - are they the future?

28 September 2015

As people get more jumpy about their personal privacy, the more anti-snooping devices appear on the market. BlackBerry have said they're going to release a privacy-concerned device.

One handset that has people talking is the Blackphone 2, from Silent Circle. They have revamped their phone, and it aims to help you manage your personal data by adding software to the standard-issue Android OS.

You will be able to fine-tune what each app, site visited and service does, and what information it gives out while you use them.


This particular phone will cost you around £525, and will provoke puns based around 'Paranoid Android'. What does it do you ask? Well, if you buy a Blackphone 2, you'll be able to manage data sharing via the phone's security centre, and you'll be able to edit and mess around with each of your apps.

"At the moment it's often about accepting everything or denying all the app permission requests," said David Puron, head of engineering at Silent Circle. "We wanted it to be more fine-grained than that."

"The industry is moving in the right direction and is incorporating the permission controls which is something we have done for 18 months," he added. "It's a good sign that these technologies are being progressively adopted."

The phone lets you create separate virtual spaces, who you can set differing permissions for apps, depending on whether they're being used personally, for work, or whether you're letting your child play with your phone. It'll enable encryption by default, and can be wiped remotely too. Sound like your kind of thing, or are you not arsed anymore and know that privacy is long dead and you might as well enjoy how Google link everything up, after poking around in your business?

Anyway, if you want the option of going off the map, it looks like there's going to be a number of phones on the market to fulfil that need.


TOPICS:   Technology   Mobile   Privacy

1 comment

  • Father J.
    "This particular phone will cost you around £525" My solution is £525 cheaper, I'm sure you can guess.

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