My holidays are over and it’s time back to work. So difficult… Anyway today I would like to write a few words about something basic. About email. Yes, that’s right. We heard a lot about PRISM, about other governments spying systems, about Polish financial minister ideas. Well we’ve got a problem. And let’s make it clear. I don’t brake any law!
Now. I don’t brake any law, so why any government or company reads my emails? I’ve been using Gmail for years, but now I see that knowledge about me is just another product. I can’t accept it! Also base on Guardian information US government has direct access to Google servers (and other companies), with any court agreement or something like this. So I decided to find another email service provider. So let’s do this.
You will find a lot discussions or ratings of email providers. And most of the best are free and base in the USA. For example Gmail or Outlook.com. But let’s make it clear. If the service is free, they have to sell something else. YOU. The terms and conditions of these services are still changing. Right now they will not sell direct information about you, only about your preferences, but in my opinion it will be matter of time when they will sell information about you. There’s very good forum about emails services. You will see that so many people from US is looking for offshore providers. Yes, we all have been thinking that US is country where privacy is something holy. That’s a lie! If any server of email provider is in the US, probably they will have possibility to check your emails. Also consider this. There’s famous Canadian provider – HushMail. You will find information on their website that all information are encrypted. Maybe. But there were case, when US court requested from them information about some mailboxes and they gave all messages. Decrypted… It seems that now US companies don’t try to fight about customer privacy. You should thing twice when you want to move your sensitive data to the cloud…
Ok, let back to the email. Of course EU law isn’t so awesome, but is much better than US. Also there’re some really great solutions. Let take a look at CounterMail. Base on their information all information are encrypted and you are only person who posses private key. Also they don’t store any logs. I didn’t find any information that they has broken this rule. And as they paid service (59$ per year) it will kill their business, if they will broke rules of the service. Similar service is NeoMailBox . It looks also safe and it cheaper (49$ per year), but I found some complains about their customer service quality.
Finally I would like to present my choice. I’ve decided to move all my core email services to RunBox.com . Why?
Some email providers, unlike Runbox, screen email communication in order to display targeted advertisements to the user, or store message contents and personal data in order to extract information that may be shared with third parties for commercial gain (“data mining“).
Also, email messages sent over company computers are generally considered to be company property and are therefore accessible by the company’s management.
Intelligence agencies may utilize surveillance software to monitor email messages to combat espionage, facilitate political eavesdropping, or carry out other types of screening in the perceived interest of national security. It’s paid service, but I think that it’s worth. I am not product anymore…
More information, also comparison between US and EU law you can find at their website.
And for the trash emails (forums, some other law quality services ) I use yandex.com. That’s right Russian company. I can’t imagine that Russian company in easy way will give any information about me to Polish or US agency