Two US email services offering private encrypted email have closed down and destroyed their servers rather than reveal their customers’ data to the National Security Agency. Texas based Lavabit and Maryland company Silent Circle have both closed down their encrypted email services. Lavabit was used by Edward Snowden, and it’s owner Ladar Levinson has suggested that he received a secret demand from the NSA to hand over his customers’ data. Silent Circle has said that it has received no demand, but it closed down in order to protect its clients’ privacy. Both companies provided secure email to governments, famous figures and others in need of secure email.
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