Tutanota, a provider of an encrypted email service, has begun to accept donations in bitcoin, ether, bitcoin cash and monero in order to test payment processing using cryptocurrencies, the company announced in a blog post.
The German firm noted that it wants to support decentralized payment systems that are independent of centralized processors such as credit card companies and banks.
The company believes decentralized payments could support an anonymous email service for human rights activists, whistleblowers, and journalists who require special protection.
Tutanota originally planned to offer cryptocurrency acceptance last year for its professional and premium-level plans. This feature was postponed, however, on account of the need to recreate the company’s encrypted email client to upgrade performance and add features more rapidly.
The company’s new email client and its new Android app are presently in beta, with an iOS app scheduled to follow.
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