The world has been questioning whether the public sector is forcing a secure smartphone revolution ever since Edward Snowden, ex-National Security Agency contractor, leaked documents exposing the organization's spying program. The NSA's global spying activity has irked legions of people, including America's allies. Recently the White House has come under fire for eavesdropping on German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal cell phone conversations.

Global paranoia over America's aggressive surveillance has prompted companies to ramp up the development of cryptophones, which are smartphones designed specifically for secure, hack-proof communications.

Developers hope devices like these will give consumers and world leaders an airtight buffer between their communications and unlawful government intrusion.

The website AndroidHeadlines.com predicts that people will flock to cryptophones out of worry about excessive government spying. People will have to wait and see if this comes true, but the fears are certainly motivating manufacturers to take action.

Bjorn Rupp, GSMK's founder, told the Wall Street Journal in January that modern public opinion has validated concerns he's had for a while. He gives presentations about his cryptophone to audience approval.

"Five years ago, businesses were asking me why I was so paranoid," he said. "Now they're all nodding when you give the presentation."

Hilton Collins, Staff Writer
Hilton Collins  |  GT Staff Writer

By day, Hilton Collins is a staff writer for Government Technology and Emergency Management magazines who covers sustainability, cybersecurity and disaster management issues. By night, he’s a sci-fi/fantasy fanatic, and if he had to choose between comic books, movies, TV shows and novels, he’d have a brain aneurysm. He can be reached at hcollins@govtech.com and on @hiltoncollins on Twitter.