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Hushmail handing over user emails to police

Stony Stevenson (954022) writes | more than 6 years ago

Privacy 1

Stony Stevenson (954022) writes "A court document in a drug smuggling case has shown that the private email service Hushmail has been cooperating with police in handing over user emails. Hushmail claims to offer unreadable email as it uses PGP encryption technology and a company specific key management system that it says will ensure only the sender and recipient can read the emails. However it seems the Canadian company has been divulging keys to the American authorities."

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I e-mailed Hush for confirmation (1)

Eztli (1027962) | more than 6 years ago | (#21375843)

Response excerpts: A link describing the security differences [hushmail.com] between Java and standard. Additionally, customer support said:

As stated in our documentation, passphrases are never stored in the normal course of operations. With regards to the article, Hush, if presented with a valid Court Order for a specific user account issued by the courts of British Columbia, is required to take actions which could adversely affect the privacy of that user.
At least they are honest, I guess.
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