ProtonMail changes text about IP logs after providing IP address activist to police

ProtonMail changes text about IP logs after providing IP address activist to police

E-mail service ProtonMail has changed the text on its website about not saving IP logs by default after it provided an IP address of a French activist to the Swiss police. On the ProtonMail website, under the heading " Anonymous Email " it read: "By default, we do not store any IP logs that can be linked to your anonymous email account. Your privacy comes first."


ProtonMail is located in Switzerland and thus falls under Swiss jurisdiction. Earlier this year, on orders from the Swiss authorities, it had to log the IP address and browser fingerprint of a specific ProtonMail account and provide that data to the Swiss police.


Andy Yen, founder and CEO of ProtonMail, said after the fuss that the company must comply with Swiss law. "Once a crime has been committed, privacy protections can be suspended and we are obliged under Swiss law to respond to requests from the Swiss authorities." The e-mail service was also unable to object to the order.


ProtonMail further stated that it would state more clearly on its website what the obligations are for the e-mail service. The "Anonymous Email" heading is now gone and replaced with " Your data, your rules ", which states that ProtonMail is email that respects privacy and puts people (not advertisers) first. In addition, it references an anonymous email gateway through the Tor network. This prevents ProtonMail from seeing the real IP address of users.

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