Natalya Kaspersky’s TaigaPhone stops even Google to collect users data

- Adrian Ungureanu

Natalya Ivanovna Kasperskaya, better known as Natalya Kaspersky in the Western countries, the ex-wife of Eugene Kaspkesy, co-founder and ex-CEO of Kaspersky Lab, now president at InfoWatch, a Russian company, is making a debut on the smartphone market with a phone focused on privacy, called TaigaPhone.

There’s not much about the phone besides that it sports a 5-inch display, is powered by a quad-core MediaTek processor and it has 2GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage, but it is supposed to be a stronghold against any kind of user data collection or spyware.

It’s not going to be a consumer product, at least not in initially as about only 50,000 units will be made and will be delivered to employees of Russian companies co-owned by the state. Potential markets also include Malaysia and the United Arab Emirates, where InfoWatch has opened offices. The price of a handset is about $260.

The device is one that the Russian authorities agree with because they want to rely as less as possible on American companies, specially when there’s so many concerns about cyber-espionage.