Edward Snowden is one of the most controversial persons in recent American history for his role as a whistleblower who disclosed NSA secrets. There have been multiple movies and documentaries made about him, and he has continued to stay in the spotlight in America while exiled in Russia.
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For those who have seen these films or read anything about him, Snowden clearly appreciates privacy and hopes to ensure that others around the world can live without fear of someone monitoring their devices.
Snowden, who is president and founder of Freedom of the Press Foundation, released an app this week called “Haven.”
According to Wired, the app was created to let an Android phone user known if he is being monitored by anyone.
Essentially, the app turns your phone, laptop, or other electronic device into a personal security system.
As long as the app is running, you could leave it in a hotel room for instance, and if anyone entered the room, the app would immediately start recording. If someone was to pick up the device that has the app on it, a discrete picture would be taken of them.
Obviously, this app isn’t for the everyone. But if you’re paranoid of being followed or spied upon, this app could either substantiate or calm those worries.
“Imagine if you had a guard dog you could take with you to any hotel room and leave it in your room when you’re not there. And it’s actually smart, and it witnesses everything that happens and creates a record of it,” he told Wired in a phone call.
“We designed Haven as a tool for investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk,” Snowden said in a video explain the app’s functionality.” Haven makes it harder to silence citizens — raids, searches, arrests — without getting caught in the act.”
According to Business Insider, the app is currently in its beta phase. There is no ETA on when the app will be released to the masses, but it’s safe to assume Snowden will continue to take a personal interest in the digital security of individuals.