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NSA indirectly responsible for new breed of anti-spying smartphones, apps and devices

• Gary Sims, Android Authority
When it comes to privacy it seems that the world is divided into two distinct camps. The “I don’t care, I have nothing to hide” camp and the “Privacy is a basic human right” lobby. Since the revelations of Edward Snowden about the NSA’s spying antics, the ethical, political and technical questions around state-sponsored mass wire-tapping and surveillance has come (again) to the forefront. Like privacy there seems to be two camps. The “I am not doing anything illegal, I don’t care” camp and the “Government shouldn’t spy on its citizens” lobby.

Each one of us belongs to one of the groups mentioned above, even not having a firm opinion or stance places us in one of the camps by default! The moral and social aspects of state-level spying will be debated for years to come, but an interesting side-effect of the NSA’s actions is that new business is being created specifically to protect people against spies.

There are already some established services that to help protect users from unwanted snooping, these include things like Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) and anonymous browsing services like Tor. These services can often be used from a smartphone as well as a desktop computer, in fact Android’s VPN capabilities are quite mature and reliable.

 

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