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Edward Snowden: How Your Cell Phone Spies on You (youtube.com)
40 points by jakon89 4 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 4 comments

For those interested in a privacy focused phone, Pine64 still has preorder PinePhones available: https://store.pine64.org/?product=pinephone-braveheart-limit...

It has privacy switches for the microphone, camera, bluetooth, and LTE. It also supports open source mobile operating systems.

While Pine64 phone is promising, it does not remove all the proprietary blobs. For those who need even more freedom and privacy, Librem 5 should be more suitable: https://puri.sm/products/librem-5/

I don't think the Librem 5 removes all the binary blobs either, right? From what I can tell, they're nearly identical right now in that regard, though I trust Purism to actually work on removing blobs, so maybe long term they're a better option. But AFAIK, neither has completely unlocked the bootloader or the modem, and I'm not sure about WiFi/Bluetooth.

They do remove all binary blobs at least by the definition of the Free Software Foundation, who already recommed it:.

"The Purism Librem 5 cell phone is another exciting addition to the Giving Guide this year: we're giving it a tentative recommendation because the company has publicly committed to doing the right things for prioritizing user freedom and privacy."


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