‘Fed up with dragnet government surveillance’:New email security option announced at privacy conference

Thursday, November 13, 2014
By Paul Martin

Bob Unruh
Nov. 13, 2014

Yahoo, Google and Apple all claim they have a right to read your email. Google even sent out a notice to system users about how it does it. And we all know the federal government is collecting untold quantities of information about Americans from the Web.

And then there are the hackers.

So what would consumers think of having access to encrypted email, giving them control over who can read their messages?

We’re about to find out, based on an announcement at the fifth annual Privacy Identity Innovation conference, called pii2014 Silicon Valley, at the Crowne Plaza Palo Alto hotel.

There, StartMail.com announced the launch of a private email service that includes revolutionary, one-click, PGP – or Pretty Good Privacy – encryption.

Already, there have been more than 20,000 requests for subscriptions to the service.

“It’s time people start using encryption for their everyday communications,” said CEO Robert Beens. “So we’ve made it easy. StartMail is Web-based, supports IMAP, and has great privacy tools like disposable email addresses and Q&A encryption.”

The demand for the product was evident when more than 70,000 people signed up as beta testers or for early accounts, StartMail said. There are competitors, if you trust Microsoft to guard your confidentiality.

But Beens said StartMail’s success is largely because of Edward Snowden’s revelations about government surveillance, along with concerns that Hotmail, Yahoo and Gmail are scanning people’s private communications for marketing purposes.

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