Lavabit back online to allow personal data downloads

Lavabit back online to allow personal data downloads

Summary: After shutting down while the US government demanded it hand its SSL keys over, Lavabit is back online to allow users to retrieve their data.


After shutting down Lavabit to protect its users from the NSA's prying eyes, the service is coming back, albeit temporarily, to allow users to retrieve their personal data.

Lavabit founder Ladar Levison announced that former users will have the ability to download an archive of their stored emails from October 18.

In the lead-up to the date, Lavabit has changed its SSL certificates and is allowing users to change their passwords after some users became concerned that their privacy may have been compromised.

Lavabit has already appealed to the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in defence of the US Constitution. The company is croudsourcing the funding necessary to make its case, and has raised just over US$93,000 of its US$96,000 goal so far.

Should Lavabit be successful in its appeal, it would likely return to operations again.

Topics: Privacy, Government, Government US, Security

Michael Lee

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A Sydney, Australia-based journalist, Michael Lee covers a gamut of news in the technology space including information security, state Government initiatives, and local startups.

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  • The powerful forces will kill Lavabit

    There are some powerful vested interests out there, and Lavabit is no match for them.

    I hope the secret police don't arrest Ladar Levison and take him away. He looks like a person of high morals who tried to do the best for his customers.
    • why?

      It does not look like Lavabit offered any real security. It even stores the e-mails!

      Without serous re-engineering, this service is just like any other (ok) e-mail service offered by the typical ISP.
  • At least they cared about their customers

    Unlike Silent Circle which completely destroyed all their user's email without notice or opportunity to retrieve emails.