Edward Snowden, for many People a Hero for some other the evil in person, developed an app with the well-known hardware hacker Andrew “Bunnie” Huang, called Haven.
The Idea got pushed by Jacqueline Moudeina. Jacqueline Moudeina is the first female lawyer in Chad who brought the former dictator Hissène Habré to justice. Snowden met Moudeina earlier this year and told her that he was working on an app that could notify you when your devices are being tampered with and also, it could tell you when someone had entered a room or your friend’s house without you knowing. In an Interview with the Verge he said:
She got very serious and told me, ‘I need this. I need this now. There are so many people around us who need this.
So Haven got announced and does just that. Installed on an Android device, Haven sends notifications to your personal, main phone in the event that your laptop has been tampered with. If you leave your laptop at home or at an office or in a hotel room, you can place your Haven phone on top of the laptop, and when Haven detects motion, light, or movement — essentially, anything that might be someone messing with your stuff — it logs what happened. It takes photos, records sound, even takes down changes in light or acceleration, and then sends notifications to your main phone. None of this logging is stored in the cloud, and the notifications you receive on your main phone are end-to-end encrypted over Signal.
Haven is for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy. It is an Android application that leverages on-device sensors to provide monitoring and protection of physical spaces. Haven turns any Android phone into a motion, sound, vibration and light detector, watching for unexpected guests and unwanted intruders. We designed Haven for investigative journalists, human rights defenders, and people at risk of forced disappearance to create a new kind of herd immunity.
So, what do you Think? Is Haven a step in the right direction to protect your personal space? Please let us know.