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

Startpage.com & Startmail.com

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: https://www.startpage.com/blog/company-updates/startpage-and-privacy-one-group/


Wire Messenger (wire.com)

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

Article: https://www.kuketz-blog.de/wire-messenger-zu-100-von-einer-us-holding-uebernommen/


Snips (snips.ai)

Sold to Sonos.

Official press release: https://investors.sonos.com/news-and-events/investor-news/latest-news/2019/Sonos-Announces-Acquisition-of-Snips/default.aspx


Private Internet Access (privateinternetaccess.com)

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

Article: https://www.techradar.com/news/cyberghost-owner-buys-pia-for-dollar955m-to-create-vpn-giant


Updated 2019-12-04

Document created 2019-11-22