Surveillace is one of the biggest threats to privacy and most individuals and organization who value privacy have taken deliberate steps to use available means to secure their privacy.
The Blackphone is a smartphone being built to ensure privacy. It was developed by SGP Technologies a joint venture between the makers of GeeksPhone and Silent Circle. Marketing is focused upon business users, stressing that employees often conduct business using private devices and services that are not secure and that the Blackphone service readily provides users with options that ensure confidentiality when needed. Blackphone provides Internet access through VPN. The telephone runs a modified version of Android called SilentOS that comes with a bundle of security-minded tools. On 30 June 2014, the Blackphone began to ship advance orders.
An unlocked GSM handset from Geeksphone and Silent Circle, that runs a custom version of Android dubbed “PrivatOS.” The software includes support for secure voice calls, text messages, emails, and file sharing. It’s the same Android that you know and love, but with extra added security features. It even comes with Google’s full suite of Android apps.
Specs not shared yet
Of course, beyond that we don’t know much else. We don’t have any hardware specifications or any indication of what version of Android it’s running. The companies claim that benchmarks tests show the Blackphone to be “among the top performers from any manufacturer,” but we’ll believe it when we see it. The company always writes that:
The tools installed on Blackphone give you everything you need to take ownership of your mobile presence and digital footprints, and ensure nobody else can watch you without your knowledge.