As a company that creates tools focused on privacy and security, we fully understand that transparency is a given for many in the security community. As a result, we want to be transparent in our approach to key issues. The rest of this article outlines Virtru's stance on several key issues we routinely get asked about.
Virtru believes that privacy should be a fundamental right, regardless of the medium. We have made it our mission to encourage people to secure and protect that right, as well as maintain awareness of any threats to their privacy.
As a U.S.-based company, Virtru believes that the contents of your emails, files, and other data and communications should be and are fully protected by the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution.
Virtru fully understands that releasing our code as open source is a requirement for many in the security community. While some of our components are currently open source, we are still in the process of ensuring all of our technologies are. The release of our SDK and Developer Hub in the summer of 2019 marked a major milestone in the effort to make our code open source.
Possibility of Government Outlawing Virtru's Encryption Solution
Virtru believes the use of encryption is protected by the First Amendment, both because encryption is a way of “speaking” and because, in a digital age, encryption is integral to private communication. Virtru would vigorously oppose any attempt to outlaw encryption or require that encryption be compromised through back doors or other mechanisms such as key escrow with the government.
Please read our Government Surveillance, Court-Ordered Searches & Requests article for more information on Virtru's stance to Government Surveillance requests.
Other Key Issues
If you have questions on an issue not mentioned above, please contact our Support team.