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 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.
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”.