A new iPhone and iPad encryption app will come on the market this Friday 8 February that is sure to get the feds’ undies in a bundle. It was developed by a hot new cryptography start-up called Silent Circle, and has already been successfully tested in a number of situations worldwide. Readers will, of course, immediately see all kinds of implications that such secure communications will promise.
In addition to all the benefits that this new technology will contribute to privacy and security, it also has a potential for mischief. Slate reports, “But while Silent Circle’s revolutionary technology will assist many people in difficult environments, maybe even saving lives, there’s also a dark side. Law enforcement agencies will almost certainly be seriously concerned about how it could be used to aid criminals. The FBI, for instance, wants all communications providers to build in backdoors so it can secretly spy on suspects. Silent Circle is pushing hard in the exact opposite direction—it has an explicit policy that it cannot and will not comply with law enforcement eavesdropping requests. Now, having come up with a way not only to easily communicate encrypted but to send files encrypted and without a trace, the company might be setting itself up for a serious confrontation with the feds. Some governments could even try to ban the technology.”
Read the article, check out the product, and then start communicating your deepest secrets in complete confidence until the feds come knocking on your door ;-)
PS. get your checkbooks ready for when they let in new investors.