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According to TechCrunch, privacy-respecting email provider Tutanota has become the target of a German court, generating frustrated sighs from privacy advocates around the world.
German e2e encrypted email provider Tutanota has been ordered by a regional court to develop a function that allows it to monitor an individual account.
Tutanota responded and clarified on Twitter and Reddit that this only affects “newly incoming and outgoing non-encrypted emails of one suspected criminal before these are being encrypted.” They also indicated plans to enable an automatic encryption feature in the near future.
Best read the article: It's not a backdoor as it only affects not encrypted emails. Nevertheless, we are fighting the decision as it contradicts European law. Here are more details: https://t.co/wpn8o6vUfE— Tutanota (@TutanotaTeam) December 8, 2020
As Jon says, “And it's not a technical problem. It's a cultural problem.” This German ruling seems like part of global a trend to undermine protections provided by end-to-end encryption. Let’s hope tech continues to find its way.
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