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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Update about the service interruption on Feb. 1, 2021

February 7th, 2021 in Articles & News

Proton’s servers experienced an outage on Monday that interrupted service for users for about one hour. In line with our policy of full transparency and disclosure, we are publishing the results of our internal investigation into the incident. The outage began around 7:30 AM CET and impacted all Proton services for approximately one hour. No …

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EU citizens’ rights are under threat from anti-encryption proposals

January 28th, 2021 in Articles & News

In December 2020, The Council of the European Union released a five-page resolution that called for the EU to pass new rules to govern the use of end-to-end encryption in Europe. We strongly oppose this resolution because it foreshadows an attack on encryption. We were not the only European-based end-to-end encrypted service that was alarmed …

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The DMA could help make the internet a level playing field – but is the EU serious about taking on Big Tech?

January 26th, 2021 in Articles & News

Just a handful of massive companies, with wealth greater than some countries, controls almost every aspect of the internet. They can decide which voices to amplify or silence, which businesses to boost or crush (or acquire), and what personal data they will collect and monetize, all with almost no accountability or oversight. This centralization of …

What is a HIPAA violation?

January 25th, 2021 in Articles & News

As a secure email service that provides end-to-end encrypted communications technology, we receive many inquiries from organizations that are required to comply with the United States’ Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). To help answer some of the key issues related to HIPAA compliance, we’ve launched a new series dealing with various aspects of …

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2020 was our biggest Lifetime account auction and raffle yet

December 30th, 2020 in Articles & News

We’re happy to announce that, with your support, the 2020 Lifetime account auction and raffle raised approximately $300,000 for good causes around the world!  The three Lifetime accounts that we auctioned went for about $14,500 each, while 15,348 raffle tickets were sold raising an additional $154,380. On top of this, Proton will be contributing an …

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Announcing the 2020 Lifetime account auction and raffle – supporting a better internet and society

December 17th, 2020 in Articles & News

On Nov. 19, we asked you which organizations our community should support with our 2020 Lifetime account auction and raffle. We received hundreds of excellent suggestions, and after carefully considering where our contribution would be most effective and thoroughly vetting the organizations, we are excited to announce the beneficiaries we have selected. Given the challenges …

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Who should we support with our 2020 Lifetime account auction?

November 19th, 2020 in Articles & News

UPDATE Dec. 1, 2020: Given the number of user suggestions, we will announce which organizations we selected and begin the Lifetime account auction and raffle the week of Dec. 7. For the past two years, we have auctioned three Proton Lifetime accounts to raise money for worthy causes. Last year, we raised over $60,000 to …

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