Published time: November 03, 2013 02:42

Edited time: November 03, 2013 06:33

Reuters / Pawel Kopczynski

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The new ‘Dark Mail Alliance’ project being developed by Lavabit and Silent Circle to thwart online surveillance and “bring privacy back” is on track to become a success – even government, military, and intelligence agencies have shown interest.

“We’ve received a lot of interest from government as customers,” Philip Zimmermann, president and co-founder of global encryption firm Silent Circle told RT.

Silent Circle and another encrypted communications firm, Lavabit, shut down in August – just two months after Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the NSA and its PRISM program, which collects vast quantities of metadata on personal emails around the world. Both companies opted to terminate their operations rather than grant the intelligence agency access to users’ accounts.

This week, however, the two companies announced they have joined forces as the first two members of what has been dubbed the ‘Dark Mail Alliance.’ Lavabit founder Ladar Levison and Silent Circle CEO Mike Janke said they are working on a new open-source tool that promises to offer end-to-end encryption capabilities for any email service.

They anticipate the service will be available by the second quarter of 2014.

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