Less than 24 hours after Lavabit shuttered its doors, another US firm is shutting down its encrypted e-mail service. Silent Circle, a company that specializes in encrypted communications, said it is preemptively turning off its Silent Mail product. It’s doing so despite no urging at all from the government—no subpoenas, warrants, security letters, or anything else, company co-founder Jon Callas wrote in a blog post today. “We see the writing on the wall, and we have decided that it is best for us to shut down Silent Mail now.” “We apologize for any inconvenience, and hope you understand that if we dithered, it could be more inconvenient,” he concludes.     

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