Privacy shouldn't be a luxury

Buying a brand new cheap phone will leave you with an OS with vulnerabilities left unpatched for years, and apps that share your personal data.

Hand holding a phone with text saying: "We're selling this phoe below cost" with an asterix explaining that it's because it sells your personal data

Your phone contains your photos, your calendar, your contacts, a record of where you've been and who you've spoken to, your emails, your social media, the notes and reminders you write to yourself, your health and fitness data, shopping lists and period apps - our phones reveal who we are.

You might think you own your phone - but there is data on your phone that you can't access, you can't delete and possibly is being silently leaked to companies you've never heard of.

Privacy is a fundamental right guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, at least in theory. For those who live in the data wild west and can only afford cheap phones as their sole way to access the internet, we're now also seeing that privacy is becoming a luxury that few can afford. While buying a recent Apple phone will guarantee you a secure Operating System (OS) and good encryption, buying a brand new cheap phone will leave you with an OS with vulnerabilities left unpatched for years, and apps that share your personal data.