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Re: [tor-talk] Email provider for privacy-minded folk
On 2/11/2013 6:47 PM, bvvq wrote:
I'm not sure where else to ask this question so I give my apologies if
this is off-topic. Please feel free to suggest a better
I've had a personal email account with GMail since it was invite-only,
but lately I've read a few stories about Google's use of our emails to
provide better targeted advertising to its users. These stories make
me uncomfortable and, continuing with my (slow) changeover from Google
services and products, I would like to change.
In no particular order, what I would like from the email provider is:
* Privacy-conscious (don't parse my emails to target advertisements
* Reasonable storage space (I have currently have 418 emails using
~100MB in my personal GMail account)
* Don't close the account if I don't log in with the web interface in
* IMAP preferred but POP will suffice
* Free would be nice (I don't want to lose my email account if I lose
Anonymous-/encryption-type services offered by HushMail or Safe-Mail
aren't a priority for me; I mostly want something reliable,
long-lasting, and not doing a Google on my emails.
I appreciate your advice.
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Though I don't use them - yet, Lavabit is more serious about privacy, &
has reasonable storage (nothing as large as gmail).
Riseup.net is VERY serious about privacy. In fact, you have to "apply"
for an acct. They have fairly small storage limits. But w/ any
provider, you can always d/l & store important msgs.
Here's an article someone pointed out on email providers & privacy; if
allow signing up w/ Tor, etc.: the_simple_computer
They all have + & -, depending on needs. For many, if read TOS &
private as their hype says.
I took the info from The Simple Computer article & made a chart, plus
current data (some not in the article) from several providers' sites.
If anyone was interested & if I knew how to (easily) get it uploaded -
somewhere - I could do that. It's not the be all & end all, but has
current info on several providers, including how long they retain data.
It's now in pdf and / or .ODT format. I don't know if it's possible to
attach small files to tor-talk emails.
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