ProtonVPN open sourced its code this week, ZDNet reports:
On Tuesday, the virtual private network (VPN) provider, also known for the ProtonMail secure email service, said that the code backing ProtonVPN applications on every system – Microsoft Windows, Apple macOS, Android, and iOS – is now publicly available for review in what Switzerland-based ProtonVPN calls “natural” progression.
“There is a lack of transparency and accountability regarding who operates VPN services, their security qualifications, and whether they fully conform to privacy laws like GDPR,” the company says. “Making all of our applications open source is, therefore, a natural next step.” Each application has also undergone a security audit by SEC Consult, which ProtonVPN says builds upon a previous partnership with Mozilla…
The source code for each app is now available on GitHub (Windows, macOS, Android, iOS). “As a community-supported organization, we have a responsibility to be as transparent, accountable, and accessible as possible,” ProtonVPN says.
“Going open source helps us to do that and serve you better at the same time.”
- They’re also publishing the results of an independent security audit for each app. “As former CERN scientists, publication and peer review are a core part of our ethos…” the company wrote in a blog post. They also point out that Switzerland has some of the world’s strongest privacy laws – and that ProtonVPN observes a strict no-logs policy.
But how do they feel about their competition? “Studies have found that over one-third of Android VPNs actually contain malware, many VPNs suffered from major security lapses, and many free VPN services that claimed to protect privacy are secretly selling user data to third parties.”