Todd Weaver

Founder and CEO
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Early traction of Librem One demonstrates demand for ethical alternatives to Big Tech as data privacy snafus continue to plague users on a weekly basis

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., May 16, 2019 — Purism, the social purpose corporation which designs and produces popular secure hardware, software, and services, has seen its Librem One suite of privacy protecting apps and services surpass its initial crowdfunding goal of 5,000 backers in just two weeks.

Librem One is growing in popularity as users grow distrustful of how large tech companies are using their personal information.

In the past week, tech giants have been under fire over repeated bad faith efforts to protect users, paying lip service to data privacy while their actions demonstrate otherwise:
• Days after Google‘s CEO wrote an OpEd in the New York Times on the importance of protecting user data, the company announced new data-dependent advertising products.
• Facebook declared that “the future is private“ at its developer conference last week, even while the company is facing billions of dollars in fines for data privacy violations.

The Librem One suite of apps and services are designed to provide users with convenient alternatives to Big Tech products so they can use everyday tools without being tracked or having their data harvested for advertisers.

“Librem One is just what I was looking for: a simple-to-use, all-in-one bundle that gave me everything I needed to finally leave Big Tech. I purchased the family pack and even got my wife and kids to leave Facebook and WhatsApp and make the switch to Librem One. We are all as happy as can be with the experience.” – James Jackson

Librem One includes end-to-end encrypted chat, end-to-end encrypted mail, and end-to-end encrypted VPN, as well as an open public social network. More services, such as end-to-end encrypted cloud storage, payments, and phone service, will be built in the future and added to the bundle. All current and future services in Librem One have no ads, do not track users, do not look at, sell, or share anything people create or send, and are available on popular platforms like Android and iOS.

“Librem One reaching backer goals within such a short period of time underscores the public demand for secure, ethical online services,” said Todd Weaver, founder and CEO of Purism. “No advertisements. No tracking. No selling of user data. This is the way online services should be, and we have baked that into the very core of Librem One.”

Additional Information

Librem One FAQ
Librem One Policies
Librem One Moderation and Code of Conduct

About Purism

Purism is a Social Purpose Corporation devoted to bringing security, privacy, software freedom, and digital independence to everyone’s personal computing experience. With operations based in San Francisco (California) and around the world, Purism manufactures premium-quality laptops and phones, creating beautiful and powerful devices meant to protect users’ digital lives without requiring a compromise on ease of use. Purism designs and assembles its hardware by carefully selecting internationally sourced components to be privacy-respecting and fully Free-Software-compliant. Security and privacy-centric features come built-in with every product Purism makes, making security and privacy the simpler, logical choice for individuals and businesses.

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Marie Williams, Coderella / Purism +1 415-689-4029 pr@puri.sm See also the Purism press room for additional tools and announcements.

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