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BitPhone Shuts Down Service, Cites Regulatory Privacy Issues

BitPhone is, or soon will be “was,” an encrypted voice and video calling service. It offered services to anyone, never asking for any identifying information.

bitphoneNow the BitPhone web site at says:

Bitphone closing due to regulatory requirements
After 1.5 years in operation, is shutting down.

WE DIDN’T GET HACKED, NOT ONCE! – And believe me, they tried!
All customer funds are secure and accounted for!
(and we are happy to say that!)

Unfortunately we’ve had too many users abuse our phone service!

Our underlying carrier service now requires we collect your identification when placing calls. – We won’t do it… To quote Roger Ver:

“We believe it is reckless and ethically impermissible to extract personal, private information from our users, if it is not necessary for the service they’re using. Companies which capture this information expose their users by needlessly storing sensitive data in a central repository, which inevitably becomes a target for hackers and other malicious actors.”

This is an unfortunate outcome, we had recently enhanced our service considerably! We don’t want to collect your identification, so we have no choice but to close the service.


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