Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.
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Blackphone May Attract Interest

A NEW breed of phone is due to start shipping against its pre-orders at the end of this month. This is the Blackphone. The name suggests a deliberate attempt to strike a chord with those who were once in love with that other ebony branded handheld, the Blackberry.

That used to be the phone of choice for those who prized privacy and security before it fell spectacularly behind the market with the rest of its package.

Now, privacy specialists Silent Circle, working with Spanish phone producer Geeksphone, are bringing out the Blackphone as a modern spying-proofed mobile.

They have taken the Android operating system and grafted in some add-on privacy and security measures to create what they are calling PivatOS.

Edward Snowden - Whistleblower

Edward Snowden - Whistleblower

So, the Blackphone will still work like an Android phone at heart, but will be harder to hack or be subject to surveillance.

The Blackphone can make secure calls and send encrypted messages but these require the receiving phones to have Silent Circle Apps, which are available for iPhones and other Androids.

Having to tool up friends, family and colleagues to exploit the snoop proofing, though, may prove a significant discouragement to many individual potential Blackphone users.

However, sales to government departments and celebrities can be expected, as can bulk orders from corporates seeking added protection against commercial espionage.

Unfortunately, the phone is also likely to appeal to those whose activities may not be in the best interests of society.

Thus, in this post-Edward Snowden era, perhaps buyers might expect the Stateside NSA and our own GCHQ to take in interest in why each Blackphone has been purchased?

■ For more details and pre-ordering, check out https://www.blackphone.ch

Dave Pinwell

Dave Pinwell is a prolific blogger and IT enthusiast and has kindly allowed us to reproduce his popular weekly IT Talk column first published in the Solihull News. Dave is also CEO of Colebridge Trust and SUSTAiN which play a key role in providing strategic support to Solihull’s Voluntary & Community sector. Dave has extensive experience in the IT sector, with roles including IT Director with Fujitsu Telecommunications Europe Ltd.

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