Privacy-focused Proton has appointed the creator of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, to the advisory board. This happened almost immediately after the company released information on several of its users to the Swiss authorities.
Launched in 2013, ProtonMail is a key product of Proton Technologies AG, which also launched ProtonVPN in 2017. Both services are focused on protecting user information: e-mail content is encrypted on the client side, and the company itself does not have access to this data.
A new member has been added to the company’s advisory board – Sir Tim Berners-Lee, renowned for his work on the creation of the World Wide Web and head of the World Wide Web Consortium.
“I am delighted to join Proton’s advisory board and support Proton along the way. I am a strong proponent of Proton’s privacy and values, giving people control over their data, as well as being closely related to my vision of the web in its entirety. “ – Sir Tim commented on his appointment.
“Sir Tim’s joining our advisory board is a tribute to our shared past at CERN, where we conceived the original idea for ProtonMail and our future. When Sir Tim invented the World Wide Web, he created an environment in which people can connect with each other. It changed the world. We have an equally ambitious goal: we want to create an Internet where people control their information all the time. Therefore Sir Tim is ideal for understanding Proton and advising us as we try to realize our ambitious vision. “ – added the head of Proton Andy Yen (Andy Yen).
The authoritative specialist is now especially in demand by a company that has been criticized for providing the Swiss authorities with the IP addresses of users, although the service had previously stated that it did not store such data. These actions led to the arrest of a leftist activist in France.
Sir Tim’s appointment at Proton is not his only attempt to solve the problem of online privacy. In 2018, he launched the Solid project, which was based on the idea of decentralizing the World Wide Web and user access to manage their data – as opposed to giants like Facebook, Google and Apple.