Passpack‘s new Beta 5 release is very much a turning point. Not only are we undergoing an architectural restructuring, adding new features and extending our scope – but we’re also weeding through various international laws on encryption and anonymous services.
In some countries it is illegal to use encrypted services. Period. There is nothing we can do for citizens of these countries – if encryption is illegal in your country, we’re sorry, but you can’t use Passpack. The terms and conditions will be updated shortly to reflect this, and users will need to accept that they are not breaking any laws by using our service.
If you are already a user, please watch the blog for an announcement of the terms and conditions update so that you can verify if you are effected by this change or not.
We need to rethink anonymous accounts. We like the idea, and we know you do too, but it seems that offering anonymous, encrypted online storage is … well, a legal minefield. There is a 99.9% chance that Passpack is going to have to require an email at sign up in order to comply with the broadest range of countries. In particular, Italy, where we are based.
Luckily, however, Italy has fabulous privacy laws – all in favor of the user. One of the key points, is that we not only have the right to, but are required to, remove every trace of you and your personal data from our systems upon your request. We’ll build it so that that request is part of account deletion and is as transparent to you as possible.
The primary issue is that we can identify a person should law officers need us to do so (think: terrorists and other criminal lifeforms). Since we’re sure you are all honest folks, using Passpack to protect your personal data, and are not sought after criminals, this shouldn’t be an issue.
You can let us know if you need a hand with anything.