PayPal Shutsdown ProtonMail’s Crowdfunding Account

ProtonMail is working on a new email protocol/service that will provide end-to-end encryption of emails in a way that makes it impossible for the NSA to mass-spy on.  Because of this, PayPal has decided to freeze the quarter of a million dollars of project donations, and will not return it to ProtonMail unless ProtonMail hands them proof of government “permission” to work on such a project.

Absolutely insane.

Andy Yen, co-founder of the platform:

While the $275,000 ProtonMail has raised in the past 2 weeks is a large amount, it pales in comparison to many other crowdfunding campaigns that have raised sums in excess of $1,000,000 so we can’t help but wonder why ProtonMail was singled out. When we pressed the PayPal representative on the phone for further details, he questioned whether ProtonMail is legal and if we have government approval to encrypt emails. We are not sure which government PayPal is referring to, but even the 4th Amendment of the US constitution guarantees:“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures….”It seems PayPal is trying to come up with ANY excuse they can to prevent us from receiving funds.

Obviously this is a major reason why Bitcoin and Darkcoin are so important.  It’s impossible to freeze a Bitcoin or Darkcoin account.

To donate via Bitcoin, see the project page on Indiegogo.

  • cheongyei

    Yikes. Time to find another payment agent. Screw PayPal