By Dave Altavilla
Snowden, the NSA, getting “Scroogled”; do these various buzzwords making the rounds these days get your hackles up? Frankly, I don’t blame you. Personally, I don’t have enough “interesting” information to share. And though I lead a rather “regular” existence, I do realize there are plenty of folks that have a few discussions they’re rather keep confidential and a few contacts they’re rather not out on the public Rolodex. Hey, you never know who’s listening or what axe they might have to grind at your expense, right? Fear not, the Blackphone aims to keep you on the grid but stealthy, undetectable, encrypted and anonymous.
Today, SGP Technologies SA, the Switzerland-based joint venture of Silent Circle and Geeksphone behind Blackphone, announced that handsets have started shipping to the device’s first pre-order customers. SGP touts the Blackphone as “…the world’s first smartphone built from the ground up to maximize user privacy. Blackphone’s security-enhanced operating system, PrivatOS, built on Android™ KitKat, provides users protection and control over security issues without the usual compromises.