Thursday, August 29, 2013

Not Being Read Through A Prism: Swiss Make Email Away From Prying Eyes

Ever since the world found about Operation Prism, everything feels a bit creepier. Someone’s phone, email, Twitter, Facebook, can be thoroughly collected and digitized for later use without your knowledge. But the silver lining is that it has created a marketplace for electronic privacy that wasn’t there before. A marketplace that doesn’t include people  who have their own lair made from a hollowed out volcano.

Ever since the NSA can of worms opened, the idea of finding a place where you can communicate without your rights being violated has become very attractive.  Recently, a Swiss company has started giving people the option of email with discretion. MyKolab is a secure email service.  It allows premium service holders to have email accounts without pesky government agencies seeing what they bought on Zulliy.

Many companies, like technological law forum, Groklaw, shut down their forum due to their anger over the idea that the NSA has been peering into email accounts. They now maintain an online presence as a reference guide only. But they still wanted secure email accounts. So they have decided to switch to MyKolab. The interesting thing is what makes MyKolab so safe. It isn’t because it’s keeping data in a super secure location. Rather MyKolab keeps it in somewhere that no one would think to, or care, to look, Switzerland.

Keeping all their servers in the Switzerland keeps  members safe from the oversight from the USA. Giving people the privacy to discuss sensitive issues without the fear that the government will use it against them later. So more and more of these types of secure portals have been opening up.  

Protesting with your purchases has been a time honored tradition since the civil rights era. Merchants demanded an end to the civil rights dispute because it was keeping customers out of their stores. So as people today are voting with their wallets by giving money to the Swiss, email services who once agreed to let the NSA look through their laundry may not be so agreeable when the deal comes up for renewal.