Richie Koch

Mirror sites, spyware, and journalists in exile: An interview with RSF

May 3rd, 2022 in Articles & News, Opinion

The freedom of the press is essential to democracy and allows you to be aware of whether your rights are being respected. Unfortunately, journalists worldwide are facing unprecedented intimidation, surveillance, and censorship. This is why Proton has always stood with journalists. Empowering them with the security, privacy, and freedom to report the truth has always …

Help us stop Big Tech from dominating the internet

April 4th, 2022 in Privacy

The desire for an internet that protects people’s privacy is growing. A 2019 Pew Research poll showed that 79% of Americans report being concerned about how companies use their data. But any privacy reforms that don’t address Big Tech’s dominance of the internet are bound to fail. Big Tech companies like Google, Facebook, Apple, and …

Privacy Decrypted #7: What is PII?

February 11th, 2022 in Blog, Privacy basics, Privacy Decrypted

If you are doing research into data privacy laws, you will eventually come across the terms “personally identifiable information” and “personal data”. We explain what those terms mean, how they are different, and what you can do to protect your PII online. While they are similar concepts with a great deal of overlap, personally identifiable …

An illustration of content scanning that could happen under EARN IT.

EARN IT is a dangerous law that could be used to break encryption

February 10th, 2022 in Blog, Opinion, Privacy news

Last updated 2 February 2022 On 2 July 2020, the Senate Judiciary Committee voted to approve the EARN IT Act (an acronym that stands for Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act of 2020). It then died, never receiving a vote on the Senate floor. (That year’s other attack on end-to-end encryption, the …

Security experts declare all Proton apps secure after they pass their security audit

February 9th, 2022 in Open source audits, Proton news, Security

At Proton, transparency is one of our core principles. Simply put, people cannot make informed decisions without knowing how their data is secured, which is why we have made all our apps open source. This “security through transparency” approach means our apps consistently face rigorous scrutiny, and it also means that any potential vulnerabilities are …

Privacy wins 2021

The 10 biggest privacy wins from 2021

January 28th, 2022 in Blog, Opinion, Privacy news

As we come to the end of Data Privacy Week, it’s important to take stock of our progress. Yes, building an internet where privacy is the default is hard work, and yes, we still have a long way to go, but there were promising developments in 2021 for the internet and the globe. Here are …

The Proton community donated over $600,000 to Reporters Without Borders

December 29th, 2021 in Company news, Proton news

Thank you. There is no other way to start. The generosity of the Proton community continues to shine through and surpass all expectations. Thanks to you, our 2021 Lifetime Account Charity Fundraiser raised $514,910. We at Proton are contributing an additional $100,000, which means RSF will receive a total donation of $614,910 to carry out …

The 2021 Lifetime Account Charity Fundraiser has started

December 13th, 2021 in Company news, Proton news

In keeping with tradition, we are excited to share that this year’s Lifetime Account Charity Fundraiser begins today, 13 December 2021, and ends on 28 December 2021 at 11:59 PM CET.  We will announce the raffle winners on 29 December 2021. Each year during the holiday season, we work with the Proton community to give …

UK citizens want more privacy but don’t know where to look

December 3rd, 2021 in Blog, Privacy news

Nearly 90% of Britons are concerned about the privacy of their personal data online, but 20% don’t use any data protection practices at all. People around the world are becoming more and more concerned about how their data is collected and used but remain unsure of what they can do to protect themselves. This is …

The DMA has already inspired privacy laws worldwide, but it can be even stronger

November 18th, 2021 in Blog, Opinion, Privacy news

It’s not perfect, but EU lawmakers still have time to save the DMA by letting people choose the core apps that come installed on their devices. On Monday, November 22, the European Parliament’s Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) will likely vote on its version of the Digital Markets Act (DMA), the EU’s …

This is the moment of truth for privacy and tech regulation in the US

July 22nd, 2021 in Blog, Opinion, Privacy news

After being left behind when it comes to tackling Big Tech by the EU and its own states, the US government is finally taking action. Maybe.  In June, members of the US House of Representatives introduced six major bills to regulate Big Tech that, if passed, could create a more competitive internet and give people …

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The new ProtonMail has passed its independent security audit

July 5th, 2021 in Open source audits, Proton news, Security

At ProtonMail, we believe everyone should be in control of their personal data. A critical component of controlling your data is having the ability to make informed decisions about who you entrust with your data and how it is secured. Most companies rely on security through obscurity and do not share their code, making it …

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