Phil Zimmermann's followup to PGP: Silent Circle

PGP creator to release encryption service for iPhone and iPad calls, texts, and emails.

Phil Zimmermann created PGP (Pretty Good Privacy) in 1991 so individuals could encrypt emails and files. His new company, Silent Circle, is aimed at iPhone and iPad users and their calls, instant messages, and eventually texts, says Technology Review. Silent Circle is a hosted service that will charge $20 per user per month. Encryption works between Silent Circle users, and in some cases PGP clients.

PGP, now owned by Symantec, has gotten away from protecting the individual, says Zimmermann. He has chosen to place the encryption servers in Canada because of their strict privacy laws, and the company will never hold encryption keys. "We can't be coerced into giving up what we don't have," he says. "Surveillance is a growing problem all over the world."

Good for Phil

Zimmerman is another one of my heroes. In fact, ANYONE who angers the United States government at any level is considered the good guy in my book.

RobertinOhio on

it's a terrible shame that we're already spied upon constantly, and if the govt gets it's way, any remote chance of privacy will soon be gone.

xcopy on


I think it's more aimed at drug dealers than anything.

Spicoli on

Given the sophistication of the NSA/CIA type of organizations, unless both parties MANUALLY exchange their public keys (i.e. sneaker-net), any current communication protocol is subject to the man-in-the-middle attack.

sampler1136 on

give it away for free for 30 days, after 10 uses a year. get people hooked on it, then you have a solid base, then its on most everyones phone to use.

techron on

Traffic analysis is still possible. This is closed-source. How do you make sure the rest of your apps are not recording your speech before the encryption?

Major_Variola on

My experience is that the buying public don't see any value in e2e security.

MarkD Whirly Gig on

No phan of Phil

Maybe the entire company is just a front for the NSA and anyone paying for this service is actually just signing up to have their data encrypted by the same organizations they believe to be hidden from. Hmmmm

TheIndiePlaylistsdotcom on

I feel the 20 dollars per month is a bit high. I think a better target is either 5 dollars a month, or a dollar per use. Having people pay half of what they pay for their internet service seems a bit steep.

leeclay on

He is the security equivalent of a celebrity chef.

Abrasive on

Is your privacy worth $20 per month? If not, how much would you pay for secure texts, emails, and conversations?

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