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[–] Schreiber 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

To be fair, that is a decent excuse.

[–] LewsTherinTelamon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I'm just not so sure...

The reason I have mixed feelings about it is they could easily say we run xyz opensource mailing daemon and abc opensource filtering solution. But instead what they did is write an article about how opensource and transparent their company is, and when asked they had to backpedal and say "Well no... We don't opensource that because it would hurt us."

Really this is tacit admission that they use proprietary software to process your mail. Which is far more invasive than how you the end user view your own mail.

It's one thing to keep infrastructure topologies and hueristical analysis details close to the vest. It is another to clam up and say nothing about the software while claiming to be opensource.

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[–] Schreiber 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

I get you. I stay away from Protonmail too.

[–] SpottyMatt 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

The solution (which can admittedly be hard and take time) is for their "secret sauce" to be configuration data and/or plugins, and to open-source the framework.

They keep their trade-secret spam filter code and infrastructure config behind the firewall, but all the "handling your data" and "serving you the data" bits get open-sourced.

Open-sourcing private code in a company can be a colossal PITA, though.