Privacy-focused ProtonMail provided a user’s IP address to authorities

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ProtonMail offers end-to-end encryption and a stated absorption   connected  privateness  for its email service—which offers a idiosyncratic    interface rather  akin  to those of much  mainstream services specified  arsenic  Gmail.

Enlarge / ProtonMail offers end-to-end encryption and a stated absorption connected privateness for its email service—which offers a idiosyncratic interface rather akin to those of much mainstream services specified arsenic Gmail. (credit: Jim Salter)

This weekend, quality broke that security/privacy-focused anonymous email work ProtonMail turned implicit a French clime activist's IP code and browser fingerprint to Swiss authorities. This is seemingly successful contradiction to the well-known service's policies, which arsenic precocious arsenic past week stated "by default, we bash not support immoderate IP logs which tin beryllium linked to your anonymous email account."

After providing the activist's metadata to Swiss authorities, ProtonMail removed the conception which had promised nary IP logs entirely, replacing it with 1 saying "ProtonMail is an email that respects privateness and puts radical (not advertisers) first."

No logging “by default”

As usual, the devil is successful the details—ProtonMail's archetypal argumentation simply said that the work does not support IP logs "by default." However, arsenic a Swiss institution itself, ProtonMail was obliged to comply with a Swiss court's injunction demanding that it begin logging IP code and browser fingerprint accusation for a peculiar ProtonMail account.

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