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Mobile App Promises Total Privacy from Government Snooping

Feb 6, 2013 5:47 PM PT

Slate has a fascinating tech article I've been meaning to write about for a couple days now about Silent Circle, a mobile developer which claims its latest app can send calls, texts, and files in such a way that they cannot be traced or intercepted, even by law enforcement or the company itself.

Until now, sending encrypted documents has been frustratingly difficult for anyone who isn’t a sophisticated technology user, requiring knowledge of how to use and install various kinds of specialist software. What Silent Circle has done is to remove these hurdles, essentially democratizing encryption. It’s a game-changer that will almost certainly make life easier and safer for journalists, dissidents, diplomats, and companies trying to evade state surveillance or corporate espionage. Governments pushing for more snooping powers, however, will not be pleased.

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