Silent Circle moves to Switzerland

Silent Circle has relocated to Switzerland, or a place the company prefers to call the land of “Privacy and Neutrality.”

Silent Circle is a company that provides privacy and security-enhanced communications services and is also the company behind the Blackphone.

Before relocating to Switzerland, the company had its headquarters in Nevis, a small Caribbean island between Puerto Rico and Antigua.

In announcing the move on the company’s official blog, Mike Janke, co-founder of Silent Circle and Board Member of Blackphone, said that:

It was very important for us to remain a “Global Neutral Privacy Provider”, as well as a political and religious agnostic company. Switzerland has the world’s most robust privacy laws, fantastic business and financial resources and an incredible business-friendly atmosphere. In addition to being the world’s center for Human Rights, Global freedom of speech and an innovative technology hub, Switzerland is our perfect home. This move was a logical an easy decision for us. With over 75% of our customer base outside of North America and our Joint Venture company Blackphone also headquartered in our joint new office space in Switzerland – it was a natural move.

Silent Circle moves to Switzerland

Considering the type of data-sharing agreements that the US has managed to impose on most countries, including Switzerland, I doubt this move really makes any difference in terms of the privacy of the communications services provided by the company. After all, all it takes is a simple request to clone a disk and ship it to Washington.

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  1. I installed Kali Linux 2016.1 without using network mirror but audio and internet connection don’t work. I tried to get update and upgrade using apt-get update , apt-get upgrade , apt-get distupgrade but it doesn’t work because it can’t connect WiFi. any advise? should I install it again using network mirror?

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      Is yours a dual-boot attempt or a standalone installation?

  3. not helpful, because grub package won’t download and install, so you’ll have additional troubles starting up Kali – have to manually boot, configure network, and download and install grub.

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