ProtonMail "forced" to reveal users IP leading to arrest

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Sep 16, 2020
Ontario, Canada
Because ProtonMail is based in Switzerland, it is not subject to French or EU requests. But the company is still subject to requests from Swiss courts, where French police where able to lodge their request with the help of Europol. After Swiss courts approved the order, ProtonMail began logging IP information on the account, which was subsequently handed over to French police, leading to the activist’s identification and arrest.
Indeed here in Switzerland, the legal process is clear; you need to come with concrete evidence that a criminal offence is being committed that would be prosecutable in a Swiss court.

They don't entertain fishing expeditions with vague goals; that's an expensive journey of no reward....
Before I moved from Proton mail's free version to a paid one I did read a lot of the 'fine print', and I do remember something to the effect that they are bound to follow Swiss law requests. It went on to mention that Swiss privacy laws were more protective of privacy than most. I am paraphrasing here since it was some time since I read that. I do not recall anything saying that privacy was guaranteed.

I am not moving from Proton mail. One big reason I moved some of my email there was to keep it from the prying eyes of Gmail and potential hacking, not because there is anything illegal in my email.
Heard this somewhere. Paraphrasing from memory. "What do you have to hide? ... Everything, from everyone the content wasn't meant for." Etc.

May your bits be stable and your interfaces be fast. :cool: Ron