By using the protonmail.com web site and making use of ProtonMail, a service offered by Proton Technologies AG (“the Company”), you are agreeing to be bound by the following Terms and Conditions. These Terms and Conditions cover all present and future features provided by your ProtonMail account (including but not limited to ProtonMail, ProtonContacts, ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive), individually and collectively referred to as the “Service”.
If you are agreeing to these Terms and Conditions on behalf of a company or another legal entity, you represent that you have the authority to bind such entity, its affiliates and all users who access the Service through your account to these Terms and Conditions. In the absence of such an authority, you may not use the Service.
This Service is provided exclusively to individuals who are at least 13 years of age, or to minors who have obtained parental or legal guardian consent to open and maintain an account.
This Service is provided exclusively to persons. Accounts registered by “bots” or automated methods are not authorized and will be terminated.
Each user is solely responsible for all of his or her messages sent through the Service.
You agree to not use this Service for any unlawful or prohibited activities. You also agree to not disrupt the Company’s networks and servers.
For the purpose of these Terms and Conditions, Spam shall refer to irrelevant or unsolicited messages sent over the internet, typically to large numbers of users, for the purposes of advertising, phishing, spreading malware or virus (“Spam”).
You agree to not use the Service to send Spam, junk mail, bulk emails or mailing list emails that contain persons that have not specifically agreed to be included on that list. You further agree to not use the Service to store or share unlawful content.
Any account found to be sending, storing or sharing the aforementioned type of emails or contents will be immediately suspended.
Having multiple free accounts is not considered an acceptable use of our service (e.g. bulk-signups, large number of free accounts created by a single organization or individual). Free accounts can also only be created and maintained by their effective users (e.g. it is not acceptable to create accounts in anyone else’s name and later transfer credentials to that third party).
The Company reserves the right to take actions against any free account considered abusive in that regard.
Trading or selling a ProtonMail account to a third party is prohibited and the Company reserves the right to suspend infringing accounts. This rule does not apply to our Lifetime Accounts, which can be sold or traded exclusively through the Company.
We may also terminate accounts which are being used for illegal activities, particularly in response to court orders from the competent authorities informing us of such illegal activity.
The Company has no obligation to store or forward the contents of terminated accounts. We also have no obligation to store messages or contents for accounts that exceed their storage quotas.
Due to the encrypted nature of the Service, you acknowledge that the Company has no ability or obligation to recover your data if you misplace your decryption password.
Although it is not the current practice, we reserve the right to suspend or delete accounts that are inactive for over three months. Paid accounts with active paid status are not subject to this measure.
The Company cannot make any warranty about the reliability of the Service or guarantee the security of user data, despite best efforts. The Service is provided “as is” and you agree to not hold the Company responsible nor to seek indemnification for any damages that may arise as a result of the loss of use, data, or profits connected to the performance of the Service or failure in such performance.
Furthermore, you will not hold the Company liable or seek indemnification if confidential material is unintentionally released as the result of a security failure or vulnerability in the performance of the Service.
We may make improvements and changes to the Service at any time without notice. The Company may at its sole discretion, terminate service without cause or notice.
For ProtonMail Professional Plan users, the Company aims to provide Service availability of 99.95% or better. If downtime in any one month exceeds 0.05% of that month, the Company will credit the user’s account. Service credits are applied at the user’s request and will apply toward the balance due at the end of the next billing cycle (either monthly or yearly).
The Company calculates service credits in the following way:
Some performance issues are excluded from downtime calculations, such as:
You agree that the Company, and any parents, subsidiaries, officers, employees, or third party contractors cannot be held responsible for any third party claim, demand, or damages, including reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising out of your use of this Service.
To the extent that ProtonMail processes any personal data that is subject to the EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), on the user’s behalf, in the provision of the Service, the terms of the ProtonMail Data Processing Agreement (https://protonmail.com/DPA), which are hereby incorporated by reference, shall apply.
Due to their nature, the paid Services provided by the Company are generally non-refundable and any refunds or credits given will be at the sole discretion of the Company. Paid accounts which are terminated due to a violation of these Terms and Conditions will incur the loss of all payments and credits and are not eligible for refund.
If the Company chooses to issue a refund for any reason, the Company is only obligated to refund in the original currency of payment and to the original payment method. If you request a credit balance to be converted between different currencies which the Company supports, the Company has discretion over the exchange rate applied.
The Company has the right to discontinue service immediately if a fraudulent payment is detected, such as the use of a stolen credit card, and such cases may be further referred to the competent authorities.
You authorize the Company to charge your selected payment method supplied on a monthly, bi-annually, or annually re-occurring basis (depending on your selection). Credit balances will also automatically be deducted on a monthly, bi-annual, or annual basis. You are responsible for keeping your payment method information up to date.
If you fail to fulfill your obligation of payment as a user of a paid account, we may suspend your account or delete it after an extended period of default.
If you rely on dispute or chargeback mechanisms of third-party payment processors and the result of that mechanism causes the Company to be liable for an amount exceeding the price paid for the service (e.g. dispute fee), you authorize the Company to charge that amount on your account.
Within the limits of applicable law, the Company reserves the right to review and change this agreement at any time. You are responsible for regularly reviewing these Terms and Conditions. Continued use of the Service after such changes shall constitute your consent to such changes.
This Agreement shall be governed in all respects by the substantive laws of Switzerland. Any controversy, claim, or dispute arising out of or relating to the Agreement shall be subject to the jurisdiction of the competent courts of the Canton of Geneva, the jurisdiction of the Swiss Federal Court being expressly reserved.