dinatè December 26, 2017
  • Edward Snowden, the National Security Agency contractor turned leaker, is working on a smartphone app.
  • The app, Haven, is intended to turn smartphones into mobile security systems.
  • Haven is available to try for free in open beta.

Edward Snowden is best known for revealing the spy programs of the US’s National Security Agency, but his next project is intended to make citizens feel more secure.

It’s an app, called Haven, that’s designed to turn Android phones into all-in-one anti-spy systems.

“Imagine if you had a guard dog you could take with you to any hotel room and leave it in your room when you’re not there,” Snowden told Wired in an interview published Friday. “And it’s actually smart, and it witnesses everything that happens and creates a record of it.”

The idea is simple: You install the app on a cheap “burner” phone — one that can be thrown away — and then set up the phone in a place you want to monitor.

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