Blackphone Privacy SmartphoneAs privacy concerns continue to circle in everyone’s minds, and the NSA and related scandals dominate headlines, the new Blackphone smartphone is hitting the market. The Blackphone, brainchild of Silent Circle and Geeksphone, will put privacy first.

The phone, which will be revealed in Barcelona during the Mobile World Conference on February 24, 2014, is a backlash against the recent revelations about the extent of government surveillance. While the US is at the heart of that scandal, many other countries have been revealed to have their own programs, or to have aided and benefited from the US’s monitoring of citizens and people abroad.

It is an attempt to create a mobile device without the technological back doors secretly enacted by agencies like the NSA, and in defiance of the spying agency bullying companies for access to user data.

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