“We are responsible for creating a culture in which we can remain private.” — Carissa Véliz on data privacy

July 28th, 2021 in Articles & News

The widespread collection and monetization of citizens’ data used to fund companies like Google and Facebook is often referred to as the “data economy”. The vast amount of information that these companies hold has since been used to predict and influence people’s behavior on a huge scale. Calling for the end of the data economy …

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

July 22nd, 2021 in Articles & 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 …

It is time to ban surveillance-based advertising

July 7th, 2021 in Articles & News

Recently, the Norwegian Consumer Council published a report calling for a ban on surveillance-based ads. In solidarity, Proton joined the other undersigned organizations in sending the following letter on Wednesday, July 7th, to EU and US regulators. We encourage them to take action against surveillance-based advertising during legislative sessions and any relevant privacy discussions. Surveillance-based …

Clarification regarding ProtonMail, Belarus, and Ryanair flight 4978

May 28th, 2021 in Articles & News

On May 26, 2021, an email sent to the Minsk airport was made public by investigative journalists working with dossier.center. The email in question was not leaked or obtained from ProtonMail. As an encrypted email service, we do not have the ability to decrypt or read user messages. However, the message is readable on the receiving …

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The DMA should make Big Tech let you choose your default apps

May 20th, 2021 in Articles & News

At Proton, we have always stood for an internet that protects privacy, enables freedom, and serves the interests of everyone. We have consistently spoken out against recent anti-encryption efforts and worked to preserve privacy while making the internet a safer place.  An important aspect of ensuring a free and open internet is making sure that …

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Proton turns 7

May 19th, 2021 in Articles & News

In May 2014, we created ProtonMail on the premise that an internet where privacy is the default is essential to building a better world. On the 7th anniversary of the founding of ProtonMail, we wanted to take a moment to reflect and thank everyone who helped us get where we are today. Proton’s history as …

Choosing the perfect email provider for your business

May 6th, 2021 in Articles & News

Modern business email tools are often built to get you in and out of your inbox as fast as possible, keeping you informed and organized. Often, however, this efficiency comes at the cost of privacy and security. You also need an email provider that helps keep your sensitive data secure, not one that is a …

Guide for HIPAA compliant email for therapists

April 9th, 2021 in Articles & News

As with all healthcare professionals in the United States, therapists need to be HIPAA compliant. They must follow the complex set of interlocking rules that make up the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). The purpose of these rules is to secure patients’ Protected Health Information (PHI), as defined in the HIPAA Security Rule, …

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Proton news and updates

March 26th, 2021 in Articles & News

Over the past year, a lot has happened that we have not always been able to share on our blog due to all the work going on. Recently, we have been focused on building a completely new version of ProtonMail for web and mobile (which you can preview at beta.protonmail.com). We’re also working on launching …

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The Microsoft Exchange hack might be one of the worst breaches of all time – We need a new approach to email security

March 16th, 2021 in Articles & News

Over the past two weeks, Microsoft clients using its Exchange servers, which includes tens of thousands of government agencies and private corporations around the world, have fallen victim to a series of hacks that have compromised their data. The breach started with a group of state-sponsored hackers attributed to China known as Hafnium, but more …

Best WhatsApp alternatives that respect your privacy

February 15th, 2021 in Articles & News

News that WhatsApp has been sharing large amounts of highly personal data with Facebook since 2016 has led a large number of unhappy users to look for an alternative messaging app that genuinely respects their privacy. At Proton, we view end-to-end encryption as a core requirement for any messenger app that claims to be secure …

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Why Big Tech deplatforming should be deeply disturbing for everyone, regardless of your politics

February 11th, 2021 in Articles & News

So many of today’s issues are viewed through a political lens, and that includes Big Tech deplatforming. But in reality, deplatforming is a problem worthy of deeper critical reflection as it touches on topics that are fundamental to democracy itself.  Once thought of as an untameable jungle of free speech, the internet is now a …

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