Encryption Company Heads to Switzerland to Flee NSA


Philip Zimmermann, the creator of the world’s most popular email encryption software, has relocated his company Silent Circle from the US to Switzerland in an effort to avoid America’s spy agencies. Silent Circle, who are best known for their encrypted Blackphone, have been fighting an ongoing battle to keep their encryption services safe from the NSA. They even pre-emptively shuttered their secure email service Silent Mail to avoid being ordered to hand over customer data.

Silent Circle’s move comes amid rumours that there could be an exodus of UK tech companies if Digital Dave pushes ahead with plans to clamp down on encryption. Will we ever see a British Snapchat?

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Dr Alexander Kogan, the app developer who originally harvested the Facebook data, said…

“I think what Cambridge Analytica has tried to sell is magic and made claims this is incredibly accurate and it tells you everything there is to tell about you. But I think the reality is it’s not that. If you sit down and you really work through the statistics and you think what does a correlation of point three means, those claims quickly fall apart. And that’s something any person with a statistical background can go and do.”


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