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Snowden’s email service of choice, Lavabit, lives again

January 25, 2017

Lavabit is back. Wait, what’s Lavabit?

It’s an encrypted email service most famous for its connection to Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor who leaked classified documents to journalists in 2013. Lavabit shut down rather than comply with an order to allow the US government access to user emails in a bid to see Snowden’s communications.

The service relaunched Friday, also Inauguration Day, with a revamped approach to security.

“Regardless of one’s political disposition, today we acknowledge our shared values of Freedom, Justice, and Liberty as secured by our Constitution,” wrote company founder Ladar Levison on the Lavabit homepage. “This is the reason why I’ve chosen today to relaunch Lavabit.”

The email service comes with a variety of options that give users say over their data, but at its foundation, the idea is to scramble up emails so that only the sender and recipient can read them.

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Encrypted email has been around for more than 20 years, but it’s notoriously user unfriendly. Lavabit’s most basic service will be email that’s encrypted automatically, requiring the least amount of technical expertise for users to keep their messages private. This level of service is called “trustful,” because it requires users to trust that Lavabit has this encryption thing under control.

Two other levels of service (“Cautious” and “Paranoid”) put more control in the hands of users, but also require more tech savvy. Lavabit allows users to download the source code for its email server and run their own servers at home.

New users can register now, but will have to wait until later this year to start using their Lavabit accounts. Users whose accounts were suspended can start them up again.

Levison didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Google Admits Data Mining Student Emails in its Free Education Apps

February 17, 2014

According to a recent article by Jeff Gould, Peerstone Research:

‘When it introduced a new privacy policy designed to improve its ability to target users with ads based on data mining of their online activities, Google said the policy didn’t apply to students using Google Apps for Education. But recent court filings by Google’s lawyers in a California class action lawsuit against Gmail data mining tell a different story: Google now admits that it does data mine student emails for ad-targeting purposes outside of school, even when ad serving in school is turned off, and its controversial consumer privacy policy does apply to Google Apps for Education.’

Shouldn’t this concern a few people?  Here is the full article – http://bit.ly/1b2efgx

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Lavabit and Silent Circle Suspend Private Email Services

August 9, 2013

Lavabit, an encrypted email service has announced it is suspending its service.  Ladar Levinson, Lavabit’s owner stated on their website that they have, “been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly 10 years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.”  You can read more about it from a CNET post by Steven Musil http://cnet.co/1cOFpVK.

Silent Circle has preemptively shut down the email capabilities of their product citing on their blog that they, “see the writing (sic) the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now.”  Read more about it from a blog by Josh Constine on TechCrunch – http://tcrn.ch/17aJqyY.

ShazzleMail is unique in the marketplace and as such, don’t believe we are under the same pressure from the NSA as other private and secure email providers.  We are committed to bringing a true private email application to consumers and soon to businesses with ShazzleMail Pro.

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