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March 24, 2008 4:07 PM

Protect your privacy with snoop-blocking phone software

Posted by Brier Dudley

In case you missed it: Privacy god Phil Zimmermann's new software for encrypting phone calls became available for download last week. Here's a Forbes interview where he discusses the Zfone project.

The feds can still get info on bad guys from traffic patterns that aren't blocked by the encryption, Zimmermann contends. A quote from the Forbes piece:

"From the point of view of law enforcement, traffic analysis can be quite useful. But for a criminal trying to get information for insider training, he's only interested in the content. So encryption actually hits criminals harder than it hits law enforcement agencies."

The beta software is free, but enthusiasts may want to send him a few bucks so he can start building something to protect passport data and library records.

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