Email Service ProtonMail Hands Over Private Data of Activist to French Authorities, Resulting in Their Imprisonment

Email Service ProtonMail Hands Over Private Data of Activist to French Authorities, Resulting in Their Imprisonment


The encrypted email service Protonmail, which claims it protects the privacy of its users, handed over the private data of a climate activist to French authorities, resulting in their imprisonment.

They surrendered the browser fingerprint and IP address of the activist to French authorities after having policies that erroneously told users that “by default, we do not keep any IP logs which can be linked to your anonymous email account.”

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After this turned out to be a deception the entire time, they changed their policies afterward to say: “ProtonMail is email that respects privacy and puts people (not advertisers) first.”

ProtonMail responded by blaming the Swiss courts for forcing them to log IP addresses and comply

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