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ProtonMail – Securing Privacy Rights for Everyone

Posted by Marcus Zillman

ProtonMail – Securing Privacy Rights for Everyone

ProtonMail was founded in summer 2013 by scientists who met at CERN and were drawn together by a shared vision of a more secure and private Internet. Early ProtonMail hackathons were held at the famous CERN Restaurant One and at MIT. ProtonMail is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland with a satellite office by the MIT campus. They are advised by the MIT Venture Mentoring Service. Features Include: a) ProtonMail is incorporated in Switzerland and their servers are located in Switzerland. They are outside of US and EU jurisdiction and user data is protected by strict Swiss data protection laws; b) Because of their end-to-end encryption, your data is already encrypted by the time it reaches their servers. They cannot decrypt your encrypted messages and as result, they cannot share them with third parties; c) ProtonMail works out of any modern web browser, there is nothing to install. They are also backwards compatible with other email providers so you can continue sending and receiving emails from friends who are not using ProtonMail; d) They believe privacy is a fundamental human right and should be available for everyone. That’s why they offer multi-tiered pricing including a free version that anyone can use. Let’s bring privacy back to the people; e) They do not keep permanent logs or require any personal information to sign up. They even accept anonymous payment methods (such as Bitcoin) so even paid users have their privacy rights protected; and f) ProtonMail works on all devices, including desktops, laptops, tablets, and smartphones. It’s as simple as visiting their site and logging in. There are no plugins or apps to install – simply use your favorite web browser. This will be added to Privacy Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to Journalism Resources Subject Tracer™. This will be added to the tools section of Research Resources Subject Tracer™ Information Blog.

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