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Report: NSA Collected Nearly 200M Texts a Day

textdrive304The National Security Agency (NSA) vacuumed up nearly 200 million text messages around the world, according to a new report in the Guardian. The program, Dishfire, used the text messages to dig further into personal details, such as travel plans, location, credit card information and the individual’s contact list.

The most damning bits of the report, though, say the government collected “pretty much everything it can,” including phone metadata from the “untargeted and unwarranted.” In other words, from an average person who isn’t suspected of doing anything wrong. Read more

NSA Snooping Got You Down? Enter the Blackphone

Watch out NSA spies, here comes the Blackphone. As the scope of data collection by American intelligence agencies seems to swell daily, so too do the options on the marketplace for thwarting government snoops. The yet-to-launch Blackphone is the latest entrant to the category.

This Android-based smartphone aims to prioritize privacy above everything else, according to its early release notes:

Blackphone is the world’s first smartphone which prioritizes the user’s privacy and control, without any hooks to carriers or vendors. It comes preinstalled with all the tools you need to move throughout the world, conduct business, and stay in touch while shielding you from prying eyes. Read more