Communication privacy has been of the hottest issues in recent months, with all the information surfacing about different government wiretapping programs. In response to this, Spanish telephone manufacturer GeeksPhone has teamed up with American security company Silent Circle in order to create Blackphone, a smartphone that will allow people to feel safe about their communications again.
Using a more secure version of the Android operating system called PrivatOS, Blackphone ensures the user’s communications, web browsing activities and whereabouts stay private. This means you can make and receive calls, send instant messages, download and upload files, as well as browse the internet safely, without having to -metaphorically- always look over your shoulder.
While Blackphone is set to ship this June, and so it’s only then we’ll get to see exactly what it’s capable of, what we know now is that it will come with a 4.7-inch HD screen, a 2 GHz quad-core processor, an 8-megapixel camera and 16 GB of storage. It comes with a price tag of $629, which seems like a small price to pay for secure communications. Because remember: you don’t have to have something to hide in order to value your right to privacy.