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Secrets safe: Pirate Bay co-founder plans surveillance-free messaging app

Published time: July 10, 2013 08:46

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The co-founder and former spokesperson of the file-sharing site Pirate Bay Peter Sunde is working on a new iPhone and Android messaging application that will allow the users to protect their conversations from spying.

The application called Hemlis – ‘secret’ in Swedish – utilizes end-to-end encryption to make sure that only the two people in a conversation will have access to its data.

"All communication on today's networks is being monitored by government agencies and private companies. The politicians are not going to stop it, they're actually asking for more," Sunde said in a video about the app. "That's why we decided to build a messaging platform where no one can spy on you, not even us."

Indeed, not even Sunde and the team developing the app will see the text messages’ contents, unlike traditional applications that leave the trails of the data – something, which allows the corporations to access it. 

No advertisements are set to appear in the application.

"Normally security results in a complex and unfriendly user experience. It should not be that way. Hemlis is a messenger for everyone, so we are dedicated to creating the most user friendly messenger ever," the description of the app reads.

"Companies like Facebook, Twitter, Apple and Google have been forced to open up their systems and hand out information about their users. At the same time they have been forbidden to tell anyone about it!” the developers also indicated.

"We're building a message app where no one can listen in, not even us. We would rather close down the service before letting anyone in. Secrets are only secrets if they are secret."

There is currently a crowdfunding campaign for the application, with the users willing to participate paying in cash or Bitcoin.

At $5, extra features in the app are unlocked, while after spending $10 or more the user gets to pre-register usernames. A donation of $500 allows to be mentioned as a fundraiser in the application, plus hundreds of unlock codes.

The fundraising campaign is in its early stage, though, so there is no official release date planned for the application.

The development of the app follows the NSA leak scandal, and Sunde’s target group are those who are also concerned about the level of government surveillance and data capture.

Sunde is one of the three founders of The Pirate Bay, although he stepped down as the website’s spokesman in 2009. When he announced his departure from The Pirate Bay, he pointed out he was interested in moving on to new projects.

The Pirate Bay (commonly abbreviated TPB) is a website that provides torrent files and magnet links for file sharing using the BitTorrent protocol. The site was founded in Sweden in 2003, and has faced multiple legal threats since its creation.

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One Of The Pirate Bay Guys Has Created A Messaging App The Government Can't Spy On
Steven Tweedie   Jul. 10, 2013, 9:45 AM 9,794 9

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One of the co-founders of the Pirate Bay — the file sharing website where users can download boatloads of illegal content — is creating an encrypted messaging app called, which means "secret" in Swedish, will keep prying government eyes away by using end-to-end encryption, a system so secure that even its founders say they can't see your messages, even if they tried. "No one can spy on you, not even us."

We first heard about the story over at The Verge.

The project is aiming to raise $100,000 through its crowdfunding website, which accepts either PayPal or the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

As of now, Pirate Bay co-founder Peter Sunde and his team have raised over $43,000 via crowdsourcing.

Mockups of the app on the official website show a clean, colorful messaging app that will fit right in with Apple's new mobile operating system, iOS 7. will also be made available to Android users, with the possibility of other platforms to come.

The basic messaging in will be free, but to unlock additional features, such as the ability to send encrypted photos, users will have to pay a little extra.

You can take a look at the pitch video below.

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