Swiss court ruling strengthens privacy for email providers

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Since the founding of Proton in 2014, we have fought to advance privacy and freedom around the world. We do this not only through technology and advocacy (Proton has contributed over $500,000 toward defending these values around the world) but also through the courtroom. 

As part of these efforts, in May 2020, we launched a legal challenge against the Swiss government over what we believe to be an improper attempt to use telecommunications laws to undermine privacy. In a ruling this week, the Swiss Federal Administrative Court confirmed that email services cannot be considered telecommunications providers, and consequently are not subject to the data retention requirements imposed on telecommunications providers.

This comes on the heels of a Swiss Supreme Court ruling in April 2021 in a case brought by Threema (2C_544/2020) that ruled that instant messaging services are also not telecommunications providers. Together, these two rulings are a victory for privacy in Switzerland as many Swiss companies are now exempted from handing over certain

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