VIRTUAL PRIVATE NETWORK (VPN) provider Cryptoseal has shut down its public service in the face of pressure from the US National Security Agency and the spectre of surveillance.
Cryptoseal follows email service Lavabit in capitulating under pressure, and like the email service it will be no more.
While it will still offer a business service the same cannot be said for its private user system and subscribers to that are being greeted with a "Not today, or any day soon, thank you" message from the firm.
If you visit the website and try and follow its links to its privacy information you will read that anything and everything to do with the service has been deleted.
"With immediate effect as of this notice, CryptoSeal Privacy, our consumer VPN service, is terminated," it said in a statement.
"All cryptographic keys used in the operation of the service have been zerofilled, and while no logs were produced (by design) during operation of the service, all records created incidental to the operation of the service have been deleted to the best of our ability."
The statement said that the service was created with some understanding of US laws, but added that things have changed recently. It said that as a US company that operates under US laws, "It is impossible for us to continue offering the Cryptoseal Privacy consumer VPN product."
The Lavabit case is high on Cryptoseal's mind, and it suggested that anyone with an interest in privacy and communications should support Ladar Levison in his ongoing legal battle.
This is not the end of its work in the area and on Twitter service creator Ryan Lackey said that the firm is working smart. "We're working on technically superior options for this kind of service, but it'll take months to implement, so [we're] shut down until then," he said. µ
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