May 27, 2014
Andy Yen, a CERN doctoral student, raised concerns about email privacy through a Facebook post, which drew an important response from some of his colleagues.
From the message and subsequent meetings of several participants (physical and computer), the idea of creating ProtonMail was born, in order to offer an easy-to-use mail service for any user, with an encryption mechanism that guarantees privacy.
This is achieved by encrypting the mail before leaving the sender’s machine, passing the message through the already encrypted servers, and only the final recipient will be able to decrypt the content. The mechanism, together with the location of the servers in Switzerland, aims to safeguard the privacy of its clients in the face of actions by intelligence services and governments that are not very fond of the freedom of their citizens.
via ProtonMail, a secure mail initiative born in the CERN environment.
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