Silent Circle Shutters Silent Mail

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Citing the shutdown of Edward Snowden’s email provider, Texas-based Lavabit, and the lack of true end to end security in email, US-based Silent Circle has discontinued their Silent Mail service. Commenting on Lavabit, Silent Circle said (emphasis mine):

Today, another secure email provider, Lavabit, shut down their system lest they “be complicit in crimes against the American people.” We see the writing the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now. We have not received subpoenas, warrants, security letters, or anything else by any government, and this is why we are acting now.

The next time someone parrots the old “if you’ve got nothing to hide” line, you can send them this about the chilling effect of massive government spying on businesses.

(H/T LRC Reader Chris B.)

7:42 am on August 9, 2013