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Lavabit founder drops details on battle with government

05/22, 9:55pm

Unsealed documents involving the case allow Levison to speak on ordeal

In an interview with Democracy Now, Lavabit founder Lavar Levison was able to detail his struggle against the US government, which would eventually cause him to shut down his secure email service. Previous court documents were sealed, leaving Levison unable to comment on his experiences and court battle. A judge unsealed parts of the record this week, allowing Levison to shed light from his point of view on the story surrounding the shuttering of his venture.

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Lavabit makes e-mail data available to customers for brief period

10/15, 5:32am

Customers able to download data blocked after company shutdown

Encrypted e-mail service Lavabit has temporarily reopened, to allow customers to retrieve their stored data after the service's shutdown. Customers will be able to change their account password on the service for a 72-hour period starting at 7pm Central Time today, with personal account data being made available to download from Friday for a limited time.

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Lavabit SSL keys requested by US government, reveal unsealed documents

10/03, 10:59am

Request to monitor e-mail escalated to threats of fines, jail time

Encrypted e-mail service Lavabit was pressured by the FBI to provide private SSL keys for all of its traffic, according to unsealed court documents that provide more details about the service's shutdown. The Texas e-mail provider's refusal to provide details about one specific account, believed to be that of NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, forced the courts to threaten daily fines and possible imprisonment if it continued to disobey the FBI's order.

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Groklaw closes doors in wake of NSA surveillance revelations

08/20, 1:58pm

Legal blog shuts down due to lack of privacy in e-mail

Legal blog Groklaw has shut down, citing the potential monitoring of e-mail by the NSA and other government organizations. The closure by founder Pamela Jones makes Groklaw the latest site to close its doors in the wake of the ongoing domestic surveillance scandal, following behind encrypted e-mail service provider Silent Circle and Lavabit.

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Encrypted email provider Lavabit closes, cites US government pressure

08/08, 9:11pm

Edward Snowden's use of the service attracted federal and NSA attention

Encrypted email service Lavabit has shut down, reportedly due to pressure from the US Federal government. Citing legal fallout from National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden's use of the service during his confinement in the Moscow airport, founder Ladar Levison closed the service -- saying that a Congressional gag order prevents him from disclosing more details about what specifically led to his decision to close.

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