Tech firm appeals US order to surrender encryption keys

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Lavabit, a private email service used by Edward Snowden, is in court appealing against a government order to hand over its encryption keys.

Founder Ladar Levison suspended his firm in the summer in protest over the order, believed to relate to the former US National Security Agency contractor.

Lawyers will argue the orders was too broad and would have exposed the data of all of Lavabit’s customers.

Commentators say the case could become a landmark one for internet privacy.

If the appeal, lodged in the appeals court in Virginia, was successful, Lavabit would be resurrected, Mr Levison said.

Yesterday he tweeted: “My day in court is almost upon us.”

Lawyers for the now defunct firm argue the government order to seize Lavabit’s encryption keys gave it access to the emails of 4000,000 users not just the single account it was interested in.

When the court reaches its verdict, which…

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