People are overwhelmingly signing up for encrypted emails after Donald Trump’s Election Day victory, Swiss company ProtonMail announced.
Between Nov. 8-9, the number of new account registrations more than doubled at ProtonMail, it said in a blog post titled “Donald Trump will control the NSA – what this means for your privacy,” on Nov.11. The number of new registrations was still high days after the election.
Although ProtonMail expressed concerns over privacy in a Trump administration, the company said it did not take any sides. “
“We do not take any position for or against Trump, nor any position for or against any particular country or government,” the company said. “We believe privacy is an universal value, so we do not take any sides.”
ProtonMail said Trump will have big control over the NSA when he is president, and says he “will be able to dictate how the agency operates through his power to appoint the NSA Director.” The company says Trump will have no problem in getting confirmation on who he appoints, since Republicans have control of the Senate.
“President Trump will have complete freedom to appoint anyone he wants to carry out his orders,” said ProtonMail.
The company says it has received concerns from new users over privacy.
“Given Trump’s campaign rhetoric against journalists, political enemies, immigrants, and Muslims, there is concern that Trump could use the new tools at his disposal to target certain groups,” said the company.
“As the NSA currently operates completely out of the public eye with very little legal oversight, all of this could be done in secret,” added ProtonMail.
During his campaign, Trump spoke against Apple for failing to cooperate with the FBI in unlocking the iPhone of one of the San Bernardino’s shooter. Trump also said NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden “has caused us tremendous problems.”
Other companies are also worried over Trump’s presidency.
Pinboard CEO Maciej Ceglowski voiced his concern after Trump’s victory saying on Twitter, “When Joe Arpaio is head of the FBI, the process for obtaining data from private industry will be streamlined, let’s put it that way.”
“If you work at Google or Facebook, please start a meaningful internal conversation about giving people tools to scrub their behavioral data,” he added.