Guardian Firewall, from Will Strafach, who’s long been at the forefront of investigating iOS security and privacy issues:
Starting over 2 years ago, we embarked on an ambitious mission:
Build a tool that allows any electronic device owner in the world
to take back control of their digital privacy. This tool needed to
be incredibly easy to use, straightforward, and must allow a user
to “set it and forget it” if they did not want to apply any
We could have cut plenty of corners and shipped an acceptable
tool. Instead we took our time and did things right, putting
together the most powerful tool and dataset we were capable of
building. Why? Because we are working towards a broader set of
goals: Make surveillance capitalism an untenable business model.
Degrade the quality of shadow profiles maintained on every user of
an internet connected device. Methodically expose every bad actor
we can find. The electronic devices you bought and own should not
be snitching on you at regular intervals. Something has gone very
wrong, and the course must be corrected to prevent pervasive data
collection from becoming an acceptable norm. It’s time for war. No
stone will be left unturned.
For the lifetime of our company, Guardian Firewall will utilize a
simple tried-and-true business model: Accepting currency for a
product that people find valuable. Full stop. We will never track
our users. We will never collect personal information about our
users. We consider user data to be a liability. Each and every
technical design decision is built around that concept.
I’ve been running the current version since I met with one of Guardian’s engineers at WWDC. “Set it and forget it” is exactly the experience.
Update: For now, Guardian Firewall is only available to those who pre-ordered it. It’s set for release to everyone in July.
★ Monday, 17 June 2019