Taken together, the closures signal that e-mails, even if they are encrypted, can be accessed by government authorities and that the only way to prevent turning over the data is to obliterate the servers that the data sits on. Mike Janke, Silent Circle’s chief executive, said in a telephone interview late Thursday that his company had destroyed its server. “Gone. Can’t get it back. Nobody can,” he said. “We thought it was better to take flak from customers than be forced to turn it over.
Two Providers of Secure E-Mail Shut Down - NYTimes.com (via infoneer-pulse)
The article talks about people asking the company to restore their servers so that people can get their data out. That’s not going to be possible, because, according to the company, they had to DESTROY everything, not just turn it off for a while. I’ve mentioned before that it’s important to remember that our internet services are not permanent and we have no right to their continued operation. See also Google Reader.