Small Companies Commit Suicide to Escape Surveillance
Posted at noon on Aug. 13
“In a move that blocks governmental monitoring of private email accounts, two secure email providers closed shop…rather than divulge information about their users to the authorities,” Shane Harris reports. The two companies are Lavabit and Silent Circle.
“The companies’ extreme actions put them in an exclusive club. Security and legal experts said they could not recall a company preventing government access to its customers’ information by shutting down its business. Some companies have appealed surveillance orders in the courts or attempted to force more public disclosure about the secretive intelligence-gathering process, but they have remained functioning.”
“Shuttering the company would do little to stop the authorities from gaining access to Snowden’s or any other customer’s old emails. But going out of business would mean Lavabit couldn’t comply with any future surveillance.”