The National Security Agency (NSA) is winning its long-running secret war on encryption
“…Google, Yahoo and Facebook have pressed for permission to reveal more about the government’s secret requests for cooperation. One small e-mail encryption company, Lavabit, shut down rather than comply with the agency’s demands for what it considered confidential customer information; another, Silent Circle, ended its e-mail service rather than face similar demands.
In effect, facing the N.S.A.’s relentless advance, the companies surrendered.
Ladar Levison, the founder of Lavabit, wrote a public letter to his disappointed customers, offering an ominous warning. ‘Without Congressional action or a strong judicial precedent,’ he wrote, ‘I would strongly recommend against anyone trusting their private data to a company with physical ties to the United States…’ “