I'm sure Riseup is a great service and has done great things, but being based in the USA has its possible consequences. They were issued warrants and gag order by the FBI. Good thing the criminals the FBI were after violated Riseup's Terms of Service and were really bad people committing extortion. What if they were committing some other crime defined by the government and not by Riseup?

Riseup is supposed to be for political dissedents and other "radical" speech and thought.

The Riseup Collective is an autonomous body based in Seattle with collective members world wide. Our purpose is to aid in the creation of a free society, a world with freedom from want and freedom of expression, a world without oppression or hierarchy, where power is shared equally. We do this by providing communication and computer resources to allies engaged in struggles against capitalism and other forms of oppression.

We value, support, and engage in struggles for human liberation, the ethical treatment of animals, and ecological sustainability. We join in the fight for freedom and the self-determination of all oppressed groups. We oppose all forms of prejudice, authoritarianism, and vanguardism. --Riseup About Us page

They advertise encrypted email, but if that was true, how did the FBI get the information they needed? But their bird code names are cute. Edward Snowden used them. You can too if they agree with your purpose for having email on their server.

You have to apply and give a reason or know two people and receive an invite code. Create new account

Riseup is a small collective founded in 1999 in order to provide digital self-determination for social movements. Our purpose is to aid in the creation of a free society, a world with both freedom from want and freedom of expression. We do this by providing communication resources to allies engaged in struggles against patriarchy, white-supremecy, capitalism, and other forms of oppression.

Except when the FBI shows up at your door and you don't agree with your clients. Don't get the wrong idea, I'm against extortion, but what if the "crime" was something else? Where' their line? They're going to tell the FBI no? Doubt it.

They do have good information about security on their pages and some good resources for other servers. They're building their own mail storage encryption

Full disclosure: I applied for an email account, but was denied because they didn't agree with why I needed an account. I have used SquirrelMail and Roundcube which are their choices for webmail. They say they store encrypted now, but PGP encrypted emails - you're on your own.

Not sure why anyone would want to use them if they can be compromised by the FBI, especially if they don't agree with you.


Even if you're not a criminal, these server seizures still disrupt your service. Doesn't look like they happen very often, but it still happens.

Another FBI issue and Riseup servers in May 2012.