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November 17, 2014

Blackphone opts for Safe Host data centre

SGP Technologies look to take advantage of Swiss data protection laws.

By Jimmy Nicholls

Blackphone creator SGP Technologies has chosen Safe Host as its Swiss data centre provider, continuing a partnership that goes back to the mobile’s launch in June.

The decision takes account of stringent Swiss data protection laws, which demand that firms provide good reasons for data collection and that foreign bodies meet a certain level of data protection before data can be transferred abroad.

Daniel Ford, CSO of SGP, said: "Security and privacy form the foundation of what Blackphone is built upon, and to be a truly private company every aspect of what we offer needs to be of the highest standards.

"Safe Host provides a highly secured data hosting environment, which should give Blackphone users greater peace of mind and allow our brand to maintain and expand its presence in a country globally renowned for its advanced position on data protection."

Blackphone touts itself as a highly secure phone for communications, having been developed and released in the wake of the Edward Snowden leaks, and is said to have seen heavy uptake among government workers and bring your own device (BYOD) enthusiasts.

The mobile was launched as a joint project by Spanish smartphone company GeeksPhone and encrypted communications firm Silent Circle, with its parent SGP also quartered in Switzerland.

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