Threema, The European Rival To Signal, Wins Pivotal Privacy Battle In Swiss Court

Supreme Courtroom judges affirm decrease courtroom choice to uphold privateness of its 9 million customers

Threema, the end-to-end-encrypted messaging service, has received a landmark courtroom case in Switzerland’s highest courtroom meaning the Swiss firm received’t be compelled to betray its privacy-focused ideas.

Reaffirming a earlier choice from a decrease courtroom, the Federal Supreme Courtroom of Switzerland dominated on April 29 that Threema shouldn't be labeled as a telecommunications service supplier – solely as a supplier of ancillary communications providers.

Had the courtroom overturned the unique choice, Threema, which has greater than 9 million customers, would have been legally obliged to gather and retain sure person knowledge, in contravention with its privacy-oriented enterprise mannequin.

If compelled, the corporate would additionally should determine sure customers and share their knowledge with legislation enforcement and intelligence companies.

Timeline of a telco dispute

The case stems from a call made by the Swiss Federal Division of Justice and Police (FDJP) in late 2018 that Threema must be designated as a telecoms service supplier beneath the phrases of the BÜPF (‘Federal Act on the Monitoring of Submit and Telecommunications Visitors’). This could have seen the corporate legally labeled as telco together with mainstream Swiss suppliers of cell, broadband, and digital TV providers like Swisscom or Dawn.

A grievance filed in regards to the choice by Threema was granted a listening to by the Federal Administrative Courtroom in mid-2020.

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