Ladar Levison’s resignation from Lavabit demonstrates that there are some entrepreneurs who can be trusted with protecting our innate right to privacy, both as individuals and as a whole. Unfortunately this also raises the issue that those who entrust the privacy and security of their data and communications to encryption services like Lavabit have complete power to hand over anything that is requested of them, whether or not they actually choose to comply.
The issues is not if people like Levison can create encryption services to keep our data and emails private- it’s if we can really trust them to do so. Presently, we can only trust that mass encryption services won’t read through our emails, not that they can’t. Until such a technology is developed, complete privacy will be impossible.