Ominous warning from one of the few email providers who respected the ConstitutionSubmitted by matt_ on Thu, 08/08/2013 - 19:00
As you all are aware, Google, Yahoo, Hotmail, and just about all other email service providers allow warrantless collection of all your data. Privacy was one of the main reasons that I held an e-mail address at Lavabit. I paid for the service, even though a free option was available because Lavabit respected privacy and I wanted to do my part to support companies that respect the constitution of the United States. The service has always been reliable, until a couple of days ago when the mail servers became unavailable due to "server maintenance". Finally, today Lavabit suspended operations, and the home page (lavabit.com), posted this ominous messge:
My Fellow Users,
I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit. After significant soul searching, I have decided to suspend operations. I wish that I could legally share with you the events that led to my decision. I cannot. I feel you deserve to know what’s going on--the first amendment is supposed to guarantee me the freedom to speak out in situations like this. Unfortunately, Congress has passed laws that say otherwise. As things currently stand, I cannot share my experiences over the last six weeks, even though I have twice made the appropriate requests.
What’s going to happen now? We’ve already started preparing the paperwork needed to continue to fight for the Constitution in the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. A favorable decision would allow me resurrect Lavabit as an American company.
This experience has taught me one very important lesson: without congressional action or a strong judicial precedent, I would _strongly_ recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States.
Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC
Folks, things are getting very bad. I am worried for the future of my children.