Encrypted Email Provider ProtonMail’s Service is now backed by a 99.95% Service Level Agreement (SLA)

I have written before about the privacy email features of ProtonMail. (See https://duckduckgo.com/?q=site%3Aprivacyblog.com+proton+mail&t=h_&ia=web for a list of my past articles.) Now the company that produces ProtonMail has announced it will provide 99.95% uptime or better. 99.95% uptime means the service will be unavailable less than an average of 8 minutes per day.

The new service level agreement (SLA) ensures that if downtime in any calendar month exceeds 0.05%, the company will issue a partial refund to all customers.

The latest ProtonMail announcement may be found at: https://protonmail.com/blog/protonmail-reliability-sla/.

Helm Wants You to Control Your Own Data Again

A new start-up company wants you to host your own (encrypted) email messages, pictures, videos, and more where everything is under your control, not something provided by a privacy-stealing corporation.

Do you use the Gmail or Yahoo or Hotmail email services? If so, a large corporation can access your private messages for any reason at all. Or for no reason at all. The same is true for your photos, videos, contacts list, and calendar.

Your most critical data (like emails, search history, passwords, photos, and videos) is stored on massive corporate servers outside your home. Increasingly, this leaves you vulnerable to hacks, companies profiting from your data and online behavior, and mass government surveillance.

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Facebook’s new Portal In-Home Hardware is Simply another Tool for Collecting Your Personal Data and Selling It for Advertising Purposes

This shouldn’t surprise anyone.

An article by Casey Newton in TheVerge web site points out the real reason Facebook has introduced a piece of hardware called the Portal. Like all the other services from Facebook, this one is deigned to invade your privacy, collect information about you, your income, your hobbies, your family, and more. That information will then be sold by Facebook to anyone who wishes to pay for it, contributing a lot of money to Facebook’s profits.

Why are these people smiling while being spied upon?

Question: When your personal information is sold by a corporation, shouldn’t you receive a large percentage of the revenue?

In an article by Kurt Wagner, who was briefed (twice) by Facebook executives:

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99.7 Percent of Unique FCC Comments Favored Net Neutrality, Independent Analysis Finds

When a Stanford researcher removed all the duplicate and fake comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission last year, he found that 99.7 percent of public comments — about 800,000 in all — were pro-net neutrality.

Details may be found in an article in the Motherboard web site at: https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/3kmedj/997-percent-of-unique-fcc-comments-favored-net-neutrality.

So why did the FCC repeal its net neutrality guidelines? Could it have been because of industry lobbyists who paid (gasp) lots of money to politicians and others to influence the FCC’s policies in favor of multi-billion dollar corporations and against overwhelming public opinion?

Pentagon Reveals Cyber Breach of Travel Records

The Pentagon on Friday said there has been a cyber breach of Defense Department travel records that compromised the personal information and credit card data of U.S. military and civilian personnel. According to a U.S. official familiar with the matter, the breach could have affected as many as 30,000 workers, but that number may grow as the investigation continues.

Details may be found in an article by Lolita C. Baldor in the Associated Press web site at: http://apnews.com/7f6f4db35b0041bdbc5467848225e67d.