Your personal data and private communications face the constant risk of compromise. Thieves and hackers are a well-known threat, but another source of intrusion is governmental and law enforcement agencies that want to keep an eye on citizens' data and communications. This has led to a clash between government agencies and private businesses who are reluctant to grant access to their customers' information. While some companies are either giving up your data willingly or bound by law to oblige, SafeSwiss' unique encryption method means we can assure you that your privacy is safe with us.
SafeSwiss' unique encryption method means your privacy is safe with us.
Apple's resistance is only temporarily effective
This issue is illustrated clearly by the conflict between the FBI and Apple over unlocking a terror suspect's iPhone last year. The FBI demanded that Apple unlock the suspect's phone so they could access his data. Apple refused on the grounds that providing this would set a precedent that would encourage other countries, such as Russia or China, to demand similar access to their citizens' devices, NPR reports. The debate led to court action and eventually to the FBI using a third party to unlock the device.
The Apple/FBI case is part of a larger, ongoing debate about the extent that governments should have access to their citizens' personal information. Other tech and communication providers have had to make their own decisions about where they stand on the issue and how much effort they're willing to put into protecting their customers' privacy.
Online providers give up users' data
Although Apple refused to unlock the device, the FBI was eventually able to access it anyway. But the threat of agencies accessing personal data you hold on your phone is only part of the problem, when services you use online are collecting your information and handing it over to governmental demands. For many technology and communications companies, there isn't an option to even hold out as long as Apple did.
Google received 44,943 requests from law enforcement just in the first half of this year, demanding they hand over users' information. How many of these they bow to and give up clients' private information varies from country to country. In Australia, for example, between January and June this year Google produced data for 68 per cent of the 1,240 requests they received. In the United States, they received 14,168 demands in the same period and had to fulfill 79 per cent of them.
Facebook has also handed over users' information to requests from government bodies. The company says it has strict processes to assess government requests for users' private information and push back on requests that use overly broad language or are legally deficient. Despite this, in 2015, the site gave up information for more than 42 per cent of its 87,925 requests.
Should your device wind up in someone else's possession, SafeSwiss still keeps you protected.
SafeSwiss won't give up your data
SafeSwiss' mobile encryption app offers protection from attempts to access your data, whether they involve unlawful hacks or official demands. All your communication is sent via real-time encryption, meaning there is no step in the process where it is left vulnerable. Our servers do not hold the encryption keys used for your communications - only you do. This means that we cannot see your private communications, but more importantly that we cannot surrender your private information to any governmental body, even if they demand it.
Should your device wind up in someone else's possession, SafeSwiss still keeps you protected. The app's pre-determined self-destruct feature and the ability to delete the app and its data remotely means that even if someone is able to get ahold of your device, you're still able to keep your information out of their hands.
Our free encryption app is available for mobile or desktop. Try it today to enjoy true data security.