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Privacy-Enhancing Phone, Dating App Unveiled

PRIVACY BUSINESS

January 15, 2014

The creators of Silent Circle have announced they will unveil a privacy-enhancing smartphone called Blackphone, GigaOM reports. The device, which will be available for preordering on February 24, uses a secure version of Android called PrivatOS and will have the capability to transmit secure phone calls, texts, file exchanges and storage, and video chat, and anonymizes use via a virtual private network. Creator Phil Zimmerman said the phone “provides users with everything they need to ensure privacy and control of their communications, along with all the other high-end smartphone features they have come to expect.” Meanwhile, the makers of SinglesAroundMe have announced a patent-pending technology that allows users to change their locations to preserve their privacy. The “Position-Shift” algorithm gives users control over their location and who knows it. Fujitsu Labratories have announced an encryption search that keeps data encrypted to maintain privacy, and Twitter has announced it is enforcing SSL encryption for apps connected to its API. Editor’s Note: Privacy Perspectives recently posted “Data-Driven Dating: How Data Are Shaping Our Most Intimate Personal Relationships.”
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