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Secrets, lies and Snowden’s email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit | Opinion | The Guardian

Ladar Levison: For the first time, the founder of an encrypted email startup reveals how the FBI and the US legal system made sure we don’t have the right to much privacy in the first place Source: Secrets, lies and Snowden’s email: why I was forced to shut down Lavabit | Opinion | The Guardian My legal saga started last summer with a knock at the door, behind which stood two federal agents ready to to serve me with a court order requiring the installation of surveillance equipment on my company’s network. My company, Lavabit, provided email services to 410,000 people – including Edward Snowden, according to news reports – and thrived by offering features specifically designed to protect the privacy and security of its customers. I had no choice but to consent to the installation of their device, which would hand the US government access to all of the messages – to and from all of my customers – as they travelled between their email accounts other providers on the Internet. But that wasn’t …