Skip to comments.Swiss based encrypted email service, brought to you by CERN and MIT scientists.
Posted on 06/21/2014 8:02:06 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
ProtonMail is a new email service that is developed by a team of scientists working at the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Geneva, Switzerland. Our goal is simple: we want to protect people around the world from the mass surveillance that is currently being perpetrated by governments and corporations around the world.
We believe that privacy is a fundamental human right that must be protected at any cost. The advent of the internet has now made all of us more vulnerable to mass surveillance than at any other point in human history. The disappearance of online privacy is a very dangerous trend as in many ways privacy and freedom go hand in hand.
ProtonMail uses breakthrough web technologies and proven cryptographic algorithms to protect your privacy. Because of our end-to-end encryption, your data is already encrypted by the time it reaches our servers. We have no access to your messages, and since we cannot decrypt them, we cannot share them with third parties. We host all our servers in Switzerland outside US and EU jurisdiction so all user data is protected by strict Swiss privacy laws.
We feel that the best way to guard against mass surveillance is to give encryption to everybody by making it free and easy to use. This is why ProtonMail works out of any modern web browser, and why we went to great lengths to make the complex cryptography completely invisible to the user.
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Worthy of consideration.
I don’t know about CERN, but I do suspect that MIT and it’s MIT Lincoln Labs (as an FFRDC) would not jeopardize it’s long standing and lucrative position in government grants, contracts and protected budgetary status in abetting the development of an encrypted email service that the NSA could not decode. It is just not gonna happen.
Privacy-respecting email services:
I use runbox.com with GPG. The only problem with GPG is that some people just can’t be bothered to even do the rather simple install process.
I like the concept that ProtonMail is using but I wouldn’t trust it fully until it had an independent security audit.
Hushmail received favorable reviews in the press. It was believed that possible threats, such as demands from the legal system to reveal the content of traffic through the system, were not imminent in Canada, unlike the United States, and that if data were to be handed over, encrypted messages would be available only in encrypted form.
Developments in November 2007 led to doubts among security-conscious users about Hushmail’s security and concern over a backdoor. The issue originated with the non-Java version of the Hush system. It performed the encrypt and decrypt steps on Hush’s servers and then used SSL to transmit the data to the user. The data is available as cleartext during this small window; the passphrase can be captured at this point, facilitating the decryption of all stored messages and future messages using this passphrase. Hushmail stated that the Java version is also vulnerable, in that they may be compelled to deliver a compromised java applet to a user.
Hush Communications, the company that provides Hushmail, states that it will not release any user data without a court order from the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada, and that other countries seeking access to user data must apply to the government of Canada via an applicable Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty. Hushmail states that “...that means that there is no guarantee that we will not be compelled, under a court order issued by the Supreme Court of British Columbia, Canada, to treat a user named in a court order differently, and compromise that user’s privacy” and “...if a court order has been issued by the Supreme Court of British Columbia compelling us to reveal the content of your encrypted email, the “attacker” could be Hush Communications, the actual service provider.”
...or be lois lehrner LOL
I’d say that almost half of my email correspondence is with GPG. It’s a great system. As I said, there are just some people that won’t make the effort to use it.
I really don’t want to use any Mozilla stuff after what they did to their CEO.
Unfortunately, Liberals run the world right now. If you boycott everything connected to a Liberal, you have to boycott everything.
Well CERN is totally funded by governments so it is owned by them even more than MIT.
bump for later
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