FastMail loses customers over Australian anti-encryption laws

Hosted email provider FastMail says it has lost customers and faces “regular” requests to shift its operations outside Australia following the passage of anti-encryption laws.

The Australian company, which offers ad-free email services to users in 150 countries, told a Senate committee that the now-passed laws were starting to bite.

“The way in which [the laws] were introduced, debated, and ultimately passed … creates a perception that Australia has changed – that we are no longer a country which respects the right to privacy,” FastMail CEO Bron Gondwana said.

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