Do People Need P2P Private Email?

from the how-long-will-this-last dept

A company in the UK named Jeftel has come up with their own take on a P2P application -- this one aimed at offering "no leak" secure email. The idea is that rather than worry about your ISP and/or mailserver hanging onto copies of the emails you send and receive, if you and the person your email both had software from this company, you could connect directly between computers and send encrypted emails. The software appears to work on top of existing email clients, which make sense. The company also makes some bizarre claims about how this will wipe out spam, but the small print makes it clear it will wipe out spam only if everyone adopts this solution -- and the company then monitors every account to make sure no one is sending too many messages. Not exactly a reasonable claim, then. It appears the only real benefit to this over encrypted email is that your mail server and/or ISP won't store a copy of the encrypted message -- but if it's well encrypted that shouldn't really matter. Besides, given our government's focus lately on making sure they can tap absolutely every form of communication around, it seems likely that this sort of service won't be too popular with law enforcement types and politicians who will quickly brand it a tool for terrorists.

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  1. identicon
    David Harper, 6 Oct 2004 @ 7:01am

    Re: Mike

    No Joslin

    The way that some spammers get email addresses is to use call centres in India to pretend to be customers and get the email addresses from them. The spammer then sends emails to those people but tells their customers they have opted in. They haven't opted in at all. It's unsolicited bulk email and that is exactly what your sister company WWT Media does, isn't it? I certainly wouldn't trust Jeftel with my email address given that they still refuse to admit that it is UBE.

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