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Known Privacy Related Incidents & Gag Orders to Date

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2021, ProtonMail: ProtonMail logged IP address of French activist after an order by Swiss authorities. Source

2021, WindScribe VPN: Servers were not encrypted as they should have been allowing MITM attacks by authorities. Source

2021, DoubleVPN: Servers, logs, and account info seized by law enforcement. Source

2021, Tutanota Email: Forced to monitor two user accounts for three months implicated in a blackmail case. Source

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2017, PureVPN: Forced to disclose information of one user to the FBI. Source

2014, EarthVPN: User was arrested based on logs provider to the Dutch Polic because of a bomb hoax. Source

2013, Lavabit Email: Secure E-Mail provider Lavabit shuts down after fighting a secret gag order. Source

2011, HideMyAss VPN: User was de-anonymized, and logs were provided to the FBI in a labeled "LulzSec fiasco". Source

The number of privacy-related incidents reported by networking companies and governments keeps increasing. With these incidents in mind, we have compiled a list of known privacy-related incidents that have impinged upon individual privacy and security.

Privacy tools listed on this page are all open-source unless marked otherwise: Criteria.

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