Proton: Fighting big tech, defending Hong Kong, and ProtonDrive update
Dear Proton community,
As we have recently seen, the Internet has changed how people organize and advocate for their beliefs, but it has also given governments more tools to monitor behavior and stifle freedom of expression. In this month’s newsletter, in addition to sharing the latest Proton product updates, we will explore some of these important themes.
In particular, we take a closer look at what is happening in Hong Kong, and why it has broad implications for freedom around the world. We also look at how tech giants are using their control of the Internet to stifle innovation, freedom, and competition, such as how Apple is censoring ProtonVPN on behalf of authoritarian governments.
Finally, we share some new features for ProtonCalendar, ProtonVPN, and a first look at ProtonDrive.
Proton stands with Hong Kong
On July 6, the Hong Kong government introduced rules that give law enforcement sweeping censorship and surveillance powers. The move was a grave blow to Hong Kong’s freedom.
As part of our mission to promote privacy and freedom for all, we will be giving 50% of our ProtonVPN revenue from Hong Kong during July and August to two local organizations: 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund and Stand With Hong Kong.
We aim to raise HK$1,000,000 and make a real difference on the ground. Learn why we should all care about what happens in Hong Kong and how Proton plans to help.
How Apple uses anti-competitive practices to extort developers and support authoritarian regimes
In June, the European Commission announced it would open an investigation into Apple’s App Store practices, which potentially constitute an illegal breach of EU competition laws.
American tech giants have long engaged in abusive behavior designed to stifle dissent and competition, and perpetuate their market dominance. We know this because we have quietly tolerated this exploitation for years. Now, for the first time, we’re sharing our story.
First look – ProtonDrive brings privacy to the cloud
ProtonDrive uses the same end-to-end encryption ProtonMail does to ensure no one else, not even Proton, can access your photos or documents. With ProtonDrive, you’re in control. ProtonDrive will be available for beta testing later this year. Meanwhile, here’s a quick first look at what we’re working on:
Did you know ProtonMail is fully integrated with PGP?
All ProtonMail inboxes have extra privacy and security because they are automatically protected with zero-access encryption. Emails between Proton users are also protected with end-to-end encryption. And we’re the only email provider with security features such as Address Verification and key pinning.
For advanced users, ProtonMail also supports automatically exchanging end-to-end encrypted messages with non-ProtonMail users through PGP. If you are interested in these advanced security features, you can read the guide below.
Check out the ProtonMail new user security checklist
Email is the number one target of cybercriminals. ProtonMail uses advanced encryption to secure your messages automatically, but there are precautions you should take to ensure your data remains private. We explain the steps everyone should take to protect their ProtonMail account.
If you are a ProtonVPN Plus user, you can now access HBO Max and watch your favorite HBO, DC Films, and Turner Classic Movies content. All you have to do is connect to any Plus VPN server in the United States.
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