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The private email service Protonmail is drawing harsh criticism from its users after providing IP information linked to a French activist who used the service, as first reported by TechCrunch.
The data was requested as part of a broader investigation into a group of climate activists who have occupied a number of apartments and commercial spaces in Paris. While the members of the group are anonymous, one had used the address “email@example.com” in online postings. As a result, French police sought to identify any persons linked to the account.
Because ProtonMail is based in Switzerland, it is not subject to French or EU requests. But the company is still subject to requests…