Privacy services that have sold out or abandoned what made them private &

Sold to an advertising company System1. Placed under a subcompany called Privacy One Group. Very vauge on this entity, even in their own AMA on their own subreddit.

Official press release:

Wire Messenger (

Sneakily sold to a US entity. No announcement, PR spin or anything. Very suspicious.


Snips (

Sold to Sonos.

Official press release:

Private Internet Access (

Sold to Kape Technologies (owner of Cyberghost). No official press release yet 2019-11-22


Lastpass (  

I don't think anyonme realy considered this a privacy service since it was aquired by Logmein (please checkout Bitwarden). If you did then It has been aquired by a private equity firm, so definately stop using it now. 


Qwant (

This is very much still pending but it is concerning.


Updated 2020-01-18

Document created 2019-11-22