The article begins by pointing out that several companies have tried to release private, secure smartphones–and most have failed. Does that mean privacy and security are impossible to achieve? Well, not really, because:
One company wants to change the privacy-focused technology landscape
And that company is Purism. Not depending on the traditional Silicon Valley Venture Capital marketplace, and being a Social Purpose Company, Purism will never compromise its users security, or their privacy, for profit.
Purism’s crowdfunding campaigns on the Crowd Supply platform consistently achieved more than their funding goal. The latest, concerning the Librem 5 smartphone, raised over $2 million. And what makes the Librem 5 smartphone different from other phones? Several factors, such as the business model, an engaged community, and the fact that privacy and security are starting to be a great concern– and not just for everyday smartphone users, but for the government as well.
While the world continues to “opt-in” and share their every move, thought, comment, viewing whim, personal home climate preference, and family behavioral profile with the 2 or 3 companies running the world, there are people that find this repugnant.
Ultimately, desiring privacy does not mean having to go off the grid: a privacy-enhancing smartphone both empowers and enables its user.