E-Post? We’ve had that…

The Deutsche Post (German Mail company) is offering a new email-like service called “E-Postbrief” with which they claim to bring “privacy of correspondence to the internet.” It is also supposed to allow reliable delivery of documents, suitable for contracts and similar stuff. Others have written enough about the various privacy, security and other concerns, so I’m just going to summarize them here:

There might be some more, but I just want to add a historical side note. The domain the Deutsche Post uses for the E-Postbrief service is “epost.de”, and that reminded me of something: Starting from 2000-06-26, they offered a “lifelong valid” email address under the same domain. Well, “livelong” was a bit of exaggeration in this case, because they closed the service on 2005-02-28. I’ll let you draw your own conclusions from that… 😉

(Personally, I prefer to rely on GnuPG and Enigmail for E-mail privacy.)

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