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Exclusive Interview with Lavabit Founder on the Day the FBI Came Calling

ONLINE PRIVACY—U.S.

November 7, 2013

Ladar Levison remembers June 28 pretty well. Temperatures reached 108 degrees in Dallas, TX, and Sandra Bullock’s The Heat was released nationwide. But Levison was feeling a different kind of heat that day when the FBI showed up unannounced at his Dallas apartment and told him they wanted access to his company’s computer system—a system he’d designed specifically to protect his customers from the threat of surveillance. In this exclusive for The Privacy Advisor, Levison describes his legal ordeal and his new business venture, one he hopes protects data in a way his last service, in the end, did not.
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