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Mobile privacy sells in post-Snowden world

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Feb
2014

By Harro Ten Wolde BARCELONA (Reuters) – Following the Snowden snooping revelations, there is growing interest in a range of mobile phone products with one central selling point: privacy. The latest contender is the Blackphone, an Android software-based mobile which encrypts texts, voice calls and video chats and will be launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on Monday. It aims to tap into the market for so-called mobile security management (MSM) products, which was estimated at $560 million in 2013 and is expected to nearly double in size to $1 billion a year by 2015, according to ABI Research. Deutsche Telekom is also preparing to launch a smartphone app that encrypts voice and text messages, making it the first major network operator with a mass market-compatible product that will be rolled out to all its users.

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