Prontomail e-mail service criticized after submitting the statements of a political...

Prontomail e-mail service criticized after submitting the statements of a political...
Prontomail e-mail service criticized after submitting the statements of a political...

Private e-mail service Protonmail To severe criticism from its users after providing information IP Linked to a French activist who used the service, as you mentioned TechCrunch for the first time.

The website report said:the verge The technical data was requested as part of a broader investigation of a group of climate activists who occupied a number of apartments and commercial spaces in Paris, while the members of the group are unknown, and one of them used the address.[email protected]In online publications, as a result, the French police sought to identify any people linked to the account.

Because ProtonMail It is located in Switzerland, it is not subject to requests from France or the European Union, but the company is still subject to requests from the Swiss courts, where the French police can submit its application with the help of Europol, after the Swiss courts approved the matter, it began ProtonMail In the registration information IP on the account, which was later handed over to the French police, leading to the identification and arrest of the activist.

In a post titled “Important Clarifications on Climate Activist Arrest,” Proton CEO Andy Yen said he shared concerns about prosecution, and provided more details about the legal issues that forced the company to provide the data..

Broughton received a legally binding injunction from the Swiss authorities and we are obligated to comply with it. “There was no possibility of appealing this particular request,” Yen wrote in the post. “The prosecution in this particular case has been very aggressive. Unfortunately, this is a pattern that we have increasingly seen in years. The latest around the world “.

Crucially, the order did not provide the contents of the activist’s email, which is encrypted and cannot be accessed by Proton, Allen said that a similar request would also not be able to provide the metadata for ProtonVPN VPNs are subject to different requirements under Swiss law.

However, the arrest is alarming for many users ProtonMail , who had expected the service to have more robust protections against legal identity, Allen pledged to update the service’s public documentation in order to “clarify the obligations of ProtonMail better in cases of criminal prosecution.

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