Deutsche Telekom and United Internet unveil e-mail initiative across Germany
Aug 20, 2013 (MarketLine via COMTEX) --
Deutsche Telekom and United Internet have launched an initiative for secure e-mail communication across Germany. The partners' 'E-mail made in Germany' program utilizes a security standard that enables GMX, T-Online and WEB.DE users to automatically encrypt data over all transmission paths and the data are handled in compliance with German data privacy laws.
According to Deutsche Telekom, data are encrypted directly by the provider, which means customers need no specific technical know-how and incur no extra costs. All data are stored in secure data centers located in Germany. In addition, a special designation allows users to see before dispatching their e-mail which of the recipients selected also use secure e-mail addresses and thus comply with the initiative's security standards.
The company said that e-mail communication between data centers at GMX, T-Online and WEB.DE is being sent in encrypted form. Transmission from the handset to the e-mail server is already encrypted for all customers who use an e-mail application from one of the partners or who have activated SSL encryption in their e-mail program (e.g., Outlook).
For security reasons, from the beginning of 2014 the initiative partners will only transport SSL-encrypted e-mails to ensure that data traffic over all of their transmission paths is secure.
"Germans are deeply unsettled by the latest reports on the potential interception of communication data. Our initiative is designed to counteract this concern and make e-mail communication throughout Germany more secure in general. Protection of the private sphere is a valuable commodity," said Rene Obermann, CEO of Deutsche Telekom AG.
From now on, in the GMX, T-Online.de and WEB.DE e-mail applications secure addresses that comply with the "E-mail made in Germany" standards will therefore be marked with a security seal, added Deutsche Telekom.
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