A serious block on current attempts to give the individual user control over who gets their data is the actual hardware. In particular many Apple and Google pieces of hardware have data-mining features built in which cannot be disabled. Indiephone is a bold new project to create alternative hardware with more respect for users’ privacy. It’s not clear when, if at all, such a product will be ready, and looking at their website they seem to have scaled back their ambitions to initially building a social media platform, and hoping to build up from there. CEO Aral Backan’s pitch (as seen here) is certainly passionate and compelling, but whether a small team in Brighton can genuinely compete with Apple’s product design department remains to be seen. This in itself tells us something important about the current state of play on privacy projects.