When Burn Note launched in January of 2012, the trends for privacy online were going in the wrong direction. It looked like our digital communication would never have the strong privacy that it needs. Burn Note was created to address this problem.
Today, in the summer of 2016, strong privacy has become available to millions of people through end-to-end encryption in Whatsapp, iChat and Facebook Messenger. I'm very happy that Facebook and Apple have taken such a firm stance on encryption as it validates the social mission that led to the creation of Burn Note. I hope that all major communications providers will also take part in this mission. As I described in Why Encryption Is The Right Choice, strong privacy is critically important to our society now that we are dependent on digital communications.
However, while other services have invested heavily in security this year, Burn Note has not been able to. Security is a process, not a feature, and it requires a level of ongoing attention that Burn Note is unable to sustain going forward. So the service will be shutting down instead of operating at a level below what it should be.
The service will continue to operate through Friday August 26th. After it shuts down all unopened Burn Notes, all Burn Note accounts, and all email addresses on our mailing list will be deleted in one final tribute to the real deletion of data that made Burn Note unique among online services.
Thank you for using Burn Note. I hope you continue to support strong privacy through your choice of apps and websites. I know I will.