New Startup Telecom Provider Designed for Privacy, not Surveillance

Written by John Ponio    Wednesday, 11 April 2012 19:05


Nicholas Merrill

With all the ridiculousness of the government trying to invade our privacy online with bills like SOPA, PIPA, and CISPA, it's a wonder why different telecommunications providers won't join the user's side and try to give them more privacy. Well, the major providers won't. A small company called Calyx is said to be designed from the ground up for user privacy, and will try its hardest to not give user information over to anyone. The man pictured above is Robert Merrill, who came up with the idea.

The non-profit organization Calyx will run the provider, and "will use all legal and technical means available to protect the privacy and integrity of user data." The company will offer both cell-phone coverage and internet that uses highly encrypted means to mask what information you use. Instead of frankly not complying with information requests from government agencies and the like, the idea is that they won't have the data to give the agencies. 

If you want to help the project along, and maybe give a hint to the larger providers that you would like more privacy, be sure to donate to the cause. If you like your money where it is and would rather not donate, be sure to at least spread the word. Of course, even if you do donate, be sure to spread the word. Hopefully this idea will catch on and the major ISPs will adopt similar protections. 

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