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Watch Dog: Edward Snowden Surprises With Security App

Edward Snowen’s new app, Haven, turns your spare Android device into (ironically, maybe) a watchdog, monitoring for intrusions and invasions of privacy using available software and hardware features. Snowden, who exposed the National Security Agency’s intrusions of privacy by spying on private phone calls, is the President of the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which released Haven in conjunction with the Guardian Project.

Haven beta, available on the Google Play store, is equal parts assuring and alarming. Image: Google Play Store

Haven works by sensing motion, sound, vibration and light caused by “unexpected guests and unwanted intruders”. It captures and saves images and sound when it senses any motion or noise, and is also able to send notifications immediately as they occur, while allowing users to access sensor and trigger logs remotely.

The slightest disturbances trigger recording via the microphone and camera. Image: Google Play Store

Snowden is currently living in Russia under asylum, with his passport terminated by authorities in the United States following his whistleblowing. True to his predicament, Snowden’s Haven aims and claims to protect “investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of forced disappearance”.

Haven, which was available from 22 December, is still in beta on the Google Play Store. Image: Google Play Store

Ian Ling
Ian is the resident Tech Monkey and Head of Content at VR Zone. His training in Economics and Political Science is at the basis of his love for journalism and storytelling. A photographer by passion, and an audiophile by obsession, Ian is captivated by all forms of tech that makes enthusiasts tick.

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