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ziplip secure services

Like lots of people out there, I have a couple of different email addresses with different free web based email providers. I personally have a ziplip account that I set up a while ago and rarely used. This week, ziplip posted a notice to all the email service users. This is the announcement:
ziplip secure services

Thank you for using ZipLip's free secure mail service. We appreciate your patronage and wish to inform you that we will be discontinuing our service on June 30th, 2005. For various reasons, including new U.S. legislation which significantly impacts the individual's privacy rights, ZipLip is no longer able to provide its free secure email services with any reasonable assurance of privacy and security, particularly in the context of a hosted service. We will revisit the service issue when our legislature reinstates our privacy rights.

Please make the necessary arrangements to use another Webmail service before June 30th. We are unable to offer any data migration services. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience caused.

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So what does this mean for the other web based email services? I can open and use accounts with resist and riseup, but I am wondering if it is worth it. I also wonder what this ultimately means for all web based email services.
It means 02.Mar.2005 17:32


That nothing at all has changed; that if data is stored somewhere, it can always be obtained through subpoena, or under certain circumstances defined under the Patriot Act even more easily than that. It means if you are transferring truly sensitive data, you should use a secure encryption system, such as PGP.

If you're not transferring truly sensitive data, you should stop being so paranois and start using GMail.