ProtonMail was criticized for disclosing a French activist's IP address to Swiss authorities. ProtonMail said the data request was "legally binding," adding that it had no option to appeal.
- ProtonMail is a private email service founded in 2013 in Geneva, Switzerland.
- The service offers users end-to-end encrypted communications and does not sell user data to advertisers.
- In 2020, the firm complied with 3,000 data requests from Swiss authorities, more than double the number from 2019.
- As a Swiss-based firm, ProtonMail is not subject to EU requests for data but must comply with Swiss courts.