ProtonMail just launched an encrypted calendar beta to let customers handle their schedules privately. It’s the most recent software from an organization identified for its encrypted e-mail companies, and will assist customers who’re wanting to wean themselves off Google.
The software, known as ProtonCalendar, is at present accessible for all customers with a paid ProtonMail plan. In the longer term, the corporate plans to launch the calendar for all customers. “We believe everyone has the right to plan dinner with friends without announcing to Google who will attend,” the company writes in a blog post.
Google has confronted rising scrutiny over the way it collects and shops consumer information. This 12 months, fifty state attorneys normal opened an antitrust probe into the tech large, then expanded it to include data privacy. The firm additionally confronted backlash from its personal staff who frightened it was utilizing a brand new browser extension to spy on them. (The firm denied these allegations).
Even for customers who aren’t additionally Google staff, breaking apart with the tech large is difficult. The firm’s apps work in tandem, which makes including calendar invitations from Gmail extremely straightforward. There may be some undesirable unintended effects, like when spammy emails started populating peoples’ calendars with undesirable calendar invitations. But more often than not it’s handy.
While Google stopped scanning peoples’ emails for focused promoting in 2017, ProtonMail claims that some firms nonetheless use your personal calendar to goal their adverts. “For the longest time, to easily organize these events, you had to let large corporations monitor these special moments. These companies snoop on your calendar and use that information to inform their advertising,” ProtonMail writes in its weblog publish. “A calendar is more than just a tool. It’s a record of the moments that make up your life.”
Google didn’t instantly reply to an inquiry concerning whether or not or not it scans calendars and makes use of the knowledge in focused adverts.
ProtonMail says the brand new calendar remains to be in early beta. While the present model is fairly primary, the corporate plans to launch extra options that may enable customers to share their calendar to different ProtonMail customers and ship calendar invitations to non-ProtonMail customers as properly.