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Wikileaks CIA Files – What this means for Internet security and encryption

March 8th, 2017 in Privacy

Earlier today, Wikileaks dumped a large database of secret documents from the CIA in a released dubbed #Vault7. Here we do a deeper analysis of the leak and the broader implications on online security and encrypted services. Our in-depth analysis of the leaked CIA files is found at the bottom of this post. First, we …

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Fighting Censorship with ProtonMail Encrypted Email Over Tor

January 19th, 2017 in Privacy

As part of our efforts to continue protecting user privacy, we are launching a Tor hidden service to combat censorship and surveillance of ProtonMail users. Edit March 2018: New SSL certificate. See below. In the past two years, ProtonMail has grown enormously, especially after the recent US election, and today we are the world’s largest …


The Investigatory Powers Bill and Online Privacy

November 29th, 2016 in Privacy

The Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) has been approved by the UK Parliament and will come in force in 2017. We decided to do a deeper analysis of this law, since it potentially impacts a large number of ProtonMail users. According to our 2016 Encrypted Email User Survey, the UK accounts for the third largest group …

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Donald Trump will control the NSA – what this means for your privacy

November 11th, 2016 in Privacy

Earlier this week, Donald Trump won a stunning election victory that will put him in charge of the world’s most powerful mass surveillance infrastructure. Regardless of which side of the political spectrum you are on, Trump’s control over the NSA is now an indisputable fact, and we think it is worth taking a closer look …

What Yahoo’s NSA Surveillance Means for Email Privacy

October 6th, 2016 in Privacy

Updated October 7, 2016 with additional clarification and analysis of Yahoo’s denial Dear ProtonMail Community, Two weeks ago, we published a security advisory regarding the mass hacking of Yahoo. Unfortunately, due to recent events, we are issuing a second advisory regarding all US email providers. What happened? This week, it was revealed that as a …

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A Lei americana de Vigilância CISA foi aprovada, aqui está o que podemos fazer

March 3rd, 2016 in Privacy

Na sexta-feira passada, o Congresso americano e o presidente Obama assinaram a Lei de Vigilância CISA usando métodos desleais. This is a Portuguese translated version of an Article which we originally published on December 21, 2015. We want to give special thanks to ProtonMail user jjsergio for the translation. Com essa lei veio a perda …

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Swiss Surveillance Laws headed for nationwide referendum!

January 14th, 2016 in Privacy

We are happy to announce that, due to the efforts of our users and allies, the Swiss Surveillance Law will be put to a vote by the Swiss people! In September last year, the Swiss parliament passed a new surveillance law known as the Nachrichtendienstgesetzt (NDG) or la Loi sur le renseignement (Lrens). The law …

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CISA Surveillance Law has passed, here’s what we can do

December 21st, 2015 in Privacy

Late last Friday, the US Congress and President Obama signed into law the CISA Surveillance Law using very underhanded methods.   With it came the loss of numerous protections extremely important to internet privacy. To understand why the CISA surveillance law is bad for email privacy, we will go over some of the main points …

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Impact of Swiss surveillance laws on secure email

December 16th, 2015 in Privacy

In September of this year, the Swiss Parliament passed a new Swiss surveillance law, known as the Nachrichtendienstgesetz (NDG) in German and la Loi sur le renseignement (LRens) en française. 2017 Update – In the months since the law was first introduced, we have had repeated contact with the Swiss government and held a meeting …

Déclaration de ProtonMail sur la Loi sur le renseignement

September 22nd, 2015 in Privacy

Full English language analysis of the laws can be found here. Article in Le Matin Dimanche (one of the largest papers in French speaking Switzerland) covering our economic arguments against the law can be found here (French). Sign the Referendum today! [Français][Deutsch] Deutsche Version weiter unten Durant la séance du Parlement d’aujourd’hui, le Conseil National …

Why Privacy Is Under Attack

November 18th, 2014 in Privacy

Updated on January 28th, 2019 Most of us at ProtonMail are part of the last generation born before the World Wide Web was created in 1989 at CERN in Switzerland. In the previous 30 years, the web has transformed our world, and we now spend more and more of our lives online. A lot of good has …

Transparency Report

May 18th, 2014 in Privacy

Updated on Aug. 2, 2019 From time to time, ProtonMail may receive requests for assistance from law enforcement authorities. As a strict general rule, ProtonMail only complies with legally binding orders that have been approved by Swiss authorities. Moreover, under article 271 of the Swiss Criminal Code, it is an offence to comply with foreign …

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