Legal Blog Groklaw Shuts Down Due To Surveillance Concerns

Posted Aug 20, 2013

Groklaw is a technology legal news website that is shutting down due to concerns of the continued availability of secure email.  Groklaw is extremely concerned about U.S. government surveillance.  Groklaw launched 10 years ago and heavily focused on technology law.

“I’ve spent the last couple of weeks trying to figure it out. And the conclusion I’ve reached is that there is no way to continue doing Groklaw, not long term, which is incredibly sad. But it’s good to be realistic. And the simple truth is, no matter how good the motives might be for collecting and screening everything we say to one another, and no matter how ‘clean’ we all are ourselves from the standpoint of the screeners, I don’t know how to function in such an atmosphere. I don’t know how to do Groklaw like this,” stated Groklaw founder Pamela Jones in the company’s final post today.

Lavabit is a secure e-mail provider that also announced that they would be shutting down due to ongoing legal disputes.  ?I have been forced to make a difficult decision: to become complicit in crimes against the American people or walk away from nearly ten years of hard work by shutting down Lavabit,? stated Lavabit owner Ladar Levison.  Lavabit is believed to have been used by former U.S. National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden.

[Source: PCW]