Edward Snowden's 'Haven' app turns your smartphone into a security system

The app is still in beta as of now.

  • Published: December 23, 2017 1:34 PM IST

The noted whistleblower, Edward Snowden, best known for revealing spy programs of America’s National Security Agency, has now created his own app that aims to fight against the spy. However, this one aims to make users more secure from the snoopers. Called ‘Haven’, the app aims at turning Android smartphones into all-in-one anti-spy systems.

In a recent interview with the Wired, Snowden said “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.”

Essentially, the idea is that you use some old Android phone, which you had no use of anymore. Install the Haven app on it and then place it where you want to monitor. So that, if someone enters your room, the phone can be programmed to start recording, or to take photos.

You can send these recordings to your personal phone. Reportedly, Haven uses encrypted services like Signal and Tor that let users retain full control of whatever’s being communicated. In so many words, the app is intended to turn a smartphone into a personal security system.

“We designed Haven as a tool for investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk,” Snowden says in a video introducing the app. “Haven makes it harder to silence citizens – raids, searches, arrests – without getting caught in the act.”

The app is currently in beta, and there’s not an official date yet when we can expect it to be out for everyone.

  • Published Date: December 23, 2017 1:34 PM IST