Edward Snowden, the internationally recognized former National Security Agency contractor turned whistleblower for exposing classified material in 2013 from U.S. government surveillance programs, is now an app developer.
In a released video message Friday, Snowden unveiled a newly created phone app, called Haven, that is designed to protect laptops from physical tampering.
Snowden claims the app is an open-source tool created for human rights activists and other individuals at risk of being tampered with. The app uses an Android phone’s sensors to detect unexplained changes in a room, essentially allowing users to spy on people who could be spying on them.
Snowden, who has been living in Russia since 2013 when the country gave him asylum, developed the software for the app with the Freedom of Press Foundation and the Guardian Project.
Since its unveiling, the app has been greeted with mixed social media reactions. Some people are praising its security capabilities, while others are saying they don’t trust Snowden.
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