We advance society by advancing freedom
At Proton, our social mission is at the heart of all we do. We believe in building an internet that works for people and not just for profit.
Proton provides free and open-source technology to millions of people and organizations to expand access to privacy, security, and freedom online.
Direct action for a better world
And many more...
Violence, intimidation, and exile from Belarus
In 2018 we financed Charter’97, the most popular independent news outlet in Belarus. Editor-in-chief (and Proton user) Natalya Radina has been on the front lines of Belarus's fight for freedom.
For journalists working in war zones or under repressive governments, digital security and privacy can be the difference between life and death
In 2019, we supported Reporters Without Borders’ digital security training program for journalists in the field. Together, we funded scholarships for journalists from conflict zones and repressive regimes. Reporters Without Borders uses Proton Mail for secure communications.
Defending freedom through technology
Keeping your contacts safe
After working with journalists in the field, we recognized their need for a better way to protect their sources. As a result, we developed the world’s first end-to-end encrypted contacts manager.
Preventing advanced attacks
Powerful adversaries, such as governments, have sophisticated tools for stealing data or breaking into devices. Proton Mail's advanced features like Address Verification offer protection against encryption key tampering, while technologies like AppKey Protection System help keep data secure even if a device is physically stolen.
Defending against censorship
Services like Proton VPN help provide free and uncensored internet to millions of people living under authoritarian regimes worldwide. Whether it’s Belarus, Russia, Turkey, Iran, or countless other places around the world, we open the internet, help shed light on the truth, and provide freedom during the darkest times.
Free and open-source software
We support tens of millions of free Proton accounts in order to provide secure internet services to all, irrespective of one’s ability to pay. Our code and software libraries are open source and freely available, powering thousands of apps around the world that help defend freedom. Simply put, we believe that privacy is a fundamental human right for all.
Protecting data under the most challenging circumstances has directly led to innovations that benefit all Proton users
Standing with our community no matter what
During the 2019 pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, many tech companies, including Apple, turned their backs on the demonstrators in order to preserve access to the Chinese market. Proton Mail stepped in and provided free encrypted email services to activists working on the ground.
Hong Kong activist Nathan Law
Former Hong Kong legislator and Proton user Nathan Law describes how freedom and privacy are under attack in Hong Kong. In 2020, with the help of the Proton community, we raised $100,000 for humanitarian relief for Hong Kong activists who were violently suppressed.
Advocacy for greater privacy
Through our policy, government affairs, and legal team in Brussels and Geneva, we provide testimony and thought leadership to advance regulatory and legislative solutions that protect privacy and fair competition, both of which are essential to democracy. We participate in Swiss and EU discussions, and our work has been cited in US Congressional reports. We’re also an active participant at the United Nations’ Internet Governance Forum.
Education and training
Email encryption: A helmet for cyberspace
At the Second Asian Investigative Journalism Conference in Kathmandu, Nepal, we organized a training session to educate investigative journalists on how to properly use email encryption to protect their communication privacy while working under repressive governments.
GDPR.EU: The definitive GDPR guide
With the support of the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme of the European Union, Proton is the publisher and maintainer of GDPR.EU, the definitive guide to GDPR compliance that has become an invaluable tool for businesses large and small.