According to RIA Novosti, Alexander Andreechkin, a Federal Security Service official, said at an 8 April government meeting that “uncontrolled use” of services such as Google’s Gmail and Microsoft’s Hotmail, which use foreign-made encryption technology, may lead to a “large-scale security threat in Russia.”
Then, the Kremlin said that Andreechkin exceeded his authority by making statements on popular services. A Kremlin official who requested anonymity said the FSB doesn’t set government policy for Internet technologies and shouldn’t initiate prohibitive measures.
If current Hotmail and Gmail users don’t want to take any risks, it may be worth-while to look for free secure email and messaging alternatives already now, such as Opolis Secure Mail (http://www.opolis.eu):
Opolis was launched to provide a fully integrated high-security email and messaging service solution. Whilst functioning like email, various security and safety features and all encryption steps are embedded in a single service which operates from any host PC all over the world.
The Opolis monitoring functions put the sender in a position to track all sent messages along their further trail. Hence, if for example forwarding were allowed, then the sender will see when and to whom a message was forwarded and how it was further processed.
Opolis is for free and merely requires that both, the sender and the recipient are Opolis users. The registration process takes approximately 5 minutes.
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