Edward Snowden unveils phone app to spy on spies

Published January 1, 1970, 12:00 AM

by manilabulletin_admin

By Associated Press

The former National Security Agency contractor who exposed US government surveillance programs by disclosing classified material in 2013 has a new job: app developer.

Edward Snowden in a video message Friday unveiled a new phone app he helped create, called Haven, that aims to protect laptops from physical tampering.

Edward Snowden speaks via video link from Moscow to attendees at a discussion about an International Treaty on the Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance, and Protection of Whistleblowers in New York City, September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/MANILA BULLETIN
Edward Snowden speaks via video link from Moscow to attendees at a discussion about an International Treaty on the Right to Privacy, Protection Against Improper Surveillance, and Protection of Whistleblowers in New York City, September 24, 2015. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly/MANILA BULLETIN

Snowden says it’s an open-source tool designed for human rights activists and other people at risk and it uses an Android phone’s sensors to detect changes in a room.

The software was developed with the Freedom of Press Foundation and the Guardian Project. It has been greeted with mixed social media reactions, with some people celebrating its security capabilities and others saying they don’t trust Snowden.

Snowden has lived in Russia since 2013, when the country gave him asylum, resisting US pressure to extradite him.

 
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