How was the idea for the Blackphone conjured up?
The technology for a highly encrypted phone already was available but not in the easy-to-use format that Blackphone features, according to Weir-Jones (pictured). A collaboration between U.S. encryption security company Silent Circle and Spanish startup smartphone company Geeksphone led to the birth of the security-first phone.
"We realized there was a very large market of folks who didn't want to build their own car, but they wanted a good car," Weir-Jones said. "We wanted to offer them a turnkey solution that got them all the benefit of all these tools set up correctly on a robust Android build."