Snowden’s New App Turns Your Android Phone into a Pocket-Sized Security System

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has joined with the Freedom of the Press Foundation & The Guardian Project to create an open-source Android app called Haven, which turns your phone into a pocket-sized security system.

Haven is for designed for people who need a way to protect their personal spaces and possessions without compromising their own privacy, through an Android app and on-device sensors.

All you need is a spare phone and a healthy dose of paranoia.

Haven turns any Android phone into a motion, sound, vibration and light detector, watching for unexpected guests and unwanted intruders. By combining the array of sensors found in any smartphone, with the world’s most secure communications technologies, like Signal and Tor, Haven prevents the worst kind of people from silencing citizens without getting caught in the act.

Basically what the app does it to monitor your sensors and log the activities.

  • Accelerometer: phone’s motion and vibration
  • Camera: motion in the phone’s visible surroundings from front or back camera
  • Microphone: noises in the enviroment
  • Light: change in light from ambient light sensor
  • Power: detect device being unplugged or power loss


You can currently get the Haven BETA release in one of three ways:

Haven App
Official Haven QR-Code

Why no iPhone Support?

iOS support is planned!

How do I use the app?

Application’s main view allows the user to set which sensors to use and the corresponding level of sensitivity. A security code must be provided, needed to disable monitoring. A phone number can be set, if any of the sensors is triggered a message is sent to the specified number.