ZURICH, October 22nd (Reuters) – Geneva-based Proton AG, the company behind ProtonMail and ProtonVPN, has won an appeal for its treatment under Swiss law on telecommunications surveillance, a Swiss court said on Friday.

Proton describes itself as the world’s largest secure email provider using end-to-end encryption and state-of-the-art security features.

The Federal Administrative Court granted its complaint against the Post and Telecommunications Surveillance Service (PTSS) because of its status and its obligations to monitor traffic.

The court confirmed that e-mail services in Switzerland are not considered telecommunications providers and are therefore not subject to the retention obligation imposed on them.

Proton founder and CEO Andy Yen said Friday’s ruling was an “important first step” in his campaign to promote privacy and freedom.

“We expect there will be further attempts to force tech companies to undermine privacy in Switzerland and abroad, and we are …


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