With more and more users entering the smartphone market, privacy is becoming a greater concern. Some say it’s a necessary evil or even a risk everyone takes by using a smartphone or wireless tablet. With fears that the NSA is now tracking everything from our phone calls to our smartphone use, protecting our smartphones now becomes hole in the market. However, Scottevest, a company that sells travel clothes, has purportedly filled the market need by creating the Blackout Pocket. This accessories sold on the Scottevest website for $20 and up virtually makes you and your smartphone invisible.
This device slips into your pocket and lines the inside like a pocket protector. As soon as you place your smartphone inside the pocket, you’re instantly protected. Scottevest sells three levels of pockets and protection. All three levels of the Blackout Pocket are lined with a Radio Frequency IDentification aka RFID-blocking material, called RFID Armor, trademarked by Scottevest. The level one is for your wallet and credit cards, so we’ll skip straight to level two.
The Blackout Pocket Level Two retails for $40. It provides a basic level or RFID protection and security. It’s an RFID enabled industrial grade pocket and protects your wallet and cell phone. Just drop these items in the pocket and you are “off grid” in 3-5 minutes according to the Scottevest website. You’ll have no service and no GPS. There will be no way to track you or your cell phone. The only way to completely keep your phone from being tracked before was by removing the battery. Since most recent smartphones, including the iPhone, don’t have a removable battery, this is the only way to make sure your phone isn’t trackable.
The Blackout Pocket Level Three was only available to law enforcement and other special approved groups and is now sold out on the Scottevest website. Details on the Level Three are scarce, even on the Scottevest website. This undoubtedly makes consumers more curious as to why law enforcement agencies would need something above and beyond the Level Two.
Products such as these will sell well if they do in fact do what they claim. However, this opens another argument as to whether something like this should even be available. Police and federal agencies track cell phones regularly to catch and track criminals. If criminals can now make themselves untraceable with a $40 purchase, a main avenue of crime detection now becomes obsolete.