Cutter wrote on Sep 7, 2021, 20:50:
Ugh, so the best they can do is recommend that people use TOR?
ProtonMail also operates a VPN service called ProtonVPN and points out that Swiss law prohibits the country's courts from compelling a VPN service to log IP addresses. In theory, if Youth for Climate had used ProtonVPN to access ProtonMail, the Swiss court could not have forced the service to expose its "real" IP address. However, the company seems to be leaning more heavily toward recommending Tor for this particular purpose.
I've been paying for ProtonVPN for over a year now. Something I was happy to do in order to support them, but now that they've caved that's over. So is it just going to be whackamole with these companies that you use their service until they're compelled to turn over data or are there any email and/or VPN companies that are secure and situated somewhere they can't be compelled to turn over data - Antarctica? international waters? space? I really don't want to have to deal with another client - TOR - in order to have some privacy online.
According to the article, the law the Swiss courts used only applies to email. VPNs are immune to any court order under Swiss law (for now). Proton Mail doesn't log IPs by default, but under Swiss law can be compelled to log a select individual's IP under court order. It sounds like they had no legal choice.
But ultimately, every VPN company is subject to the laws of it's country.
As Steve Gibson likes to say, the only way to REALLY have a secure conversation with someone is under a blanket, in the middle of an open field, with both of you naked to confirm you're not carrying a recording device. Everything else involves some compromise of security.
- “So many people forget that the first country the Nazis invaded was their own." - Abraham Erskine, 'Captain America: The First Avenger'