Harvard and MIT Students Launch ‘NSA-Proof’ Email Service
Edward Snowden would approve.
BY JORDYN TAYLOR
Troubled by Edward Snowden’s revelations about the U.S. government’s snooping habits, a group of Harvard and MIT students created an email service they insist is completely NSA-proof.
The new email platform is called ProtonMail, BostInno reports.
The service’s five brainy founders met while working at the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) in Switzerland. They bonded over a shared desire to build an email service even more secure than Lavabit, Mr. Snowden’s now-defunct email service of choice.
Following a few weeks in private beta, ProtonMail is launching its open beta phase starting today.
On ProtonMail’s website, the creators explain what makes their service so well-protected.
First, they’re incorporated in Switzerland, “which offers some of the strongest privacy protection in the world for both individuals and entities,” the site says. They also use to end-to-end encryption and take extremely intense user authentication measures, meaning your data is apparently inaccessible to the ProtonMail team, let alone any government.