Lavabit: Arrest Possible for Not Complying with Surveillance

Lavabit Owner: Arrest Possible for Not Complying with Surveillance(Ping! Zine Web Tech Magazine) – The owner of the now-defunct encrypted email service known as “Lavabit” recently noted a very bad outcome for refusing to comply with surveillance requirements.

“I could be arrested for this action,” Ladar Levison told NBC News via a report, noting his company’s refusal to hand over customer information.

Levison recently closed Lavabit down after receiving a court order related to U.S. authorities’ investigation into former NSA employee and PRISM leaker Edward Snowden.

Snowden reportedly used the encrypted email service for communications when he was staying in a Moscow, Russia airport before officially being granted asylum in the country.

When Lavabit closed shop earlier this month, Levison called it a “difficult decision” whether or not to “become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit.”

To supporters, Snowden has been considered a whistle-blower, spreading awareness regarding the government’s secret surveillance programs that could violate privacy rights. Meanwhile, to opponents, Snowden has been viewed as a traitor, threatening American security by exposing a important program (PRISM) used to fight terrorism.