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Proton raises HK$800,000 for freedom in Hong Kong

Posted on October 13th, 2020 by in Articles & News.

An illustration of ProtonVPN supporting Hong Kong.


When Hong Kong authorities passed draconian “security” laws designed to stifle freedom and crackdown on activism, the people of Hong Kong turned to Proton VPN, downloading our app in record numbers to protect their privacy and defend against censorship.

But we quickly recognized that we could do more than provide encrypted internet connections and private email service. Activists on the ground were being arrested by the thousands, signaling the end of freedom and due process in Hong Kong.

While many tech companies responded by pulling out of Hong Kong, we believe that now more than ever, it is time to stand for freedom and the people of Hong Kong. This summer, we launched a fundraiser for civil society groups working to defend privacy, freedom, and the rule of law. As a result of our campaign, we raised HK$800,000 for the 612 Humanitarian Fund and Stand With Hong Kong. The 612 Humanitarian Fund provides much needed legal and medical assistance to activists working towards protecting freedom in Hong Kong. 

From July through September, we donated 50% of our revenue from Hong Kong to give back to the cause of freedom in Hong Kong. As always, it is only through our community’s collective power that we are able to make a positive difference in the world.

Stand With Hong Kong wanted to offer this message to the Proton community now that the campaign is over:

We are very grateful for Proton VPN organizing the campaign, and we are honored and delighted to receive the generous donation. 

The right to privacy is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy. The global democratic system needs privacy infrastructures to ensure activists and political movements to have the anonymity and protection to carry on making positive changes to the world.

A secured and free internet is the modern armor for activists and freedom-loving Hongkongers. Without a good VPN, many people who are living under authoritarian regimes will struggle to connect with the world and let the world stand with them in solidarity. 

In our fight for freedom, we are inspired by many like-minded individuals and enterprises, and we will continue to work together to bring democracy closer to Hong Kong. 

Thank you to all those who supported and trusted the campaign, your goodwill is the driving force for us to continue our work.

The 612 Humanitarian Fund also wanted to share its gratitude to all our users and community members that supported the campaign:

We extend our heartfelt thanks to the public and to protestors for their trust and support, which has enabled the Fund to play a modest part in this hard time for Hong Kong.

Why freedom in Hong Kong matters

In June, the Hong Kong authorities, at the behest of the Chinese government, rushed to implement the new National Security Law in the middle of the night, giving the people of Hong Kong only two hours’ notice. This regulation granted Hong Kong law enforcement sweeping extra-judicial powers, including the ability to intercept private communications, censor online content, and search premises and seize property, all without a warrant. 

The National Security Law effectively destroyed the freedom, respect for human rights, and rule of law that Hong Kong had been known for. Former Hong Kong legislator Nathan Law, who was forced to flee Hong Kong for London since the regulation was passed, sat down with us to explain the situation the people of Hong Kong face.

Protecting freedom is a long and difficult struggle, and to succeed, the peoples of the world must stand together, which is why, today, we stand with Hong Kong. We hope that our financial support helps the cause for freedom in Hong Kong to continue burning brightly. 

We will always fight for freedom

Proton is a Swiss organization, and like our host country, we remain neutral on political matters. However, we will always stand up for fundamental human rights, like freedom of speech, the right to privacy, and democracy. Proton has an office in Taiwan, so we feel great solidarity with our users in Hong Kong and a duty to help uphold our shared values. 

As an organization dedicated to increasing privacy and freedom worldwide, we will always speak out against authoritarian efforts to trample on these rights and leverage the support of our community to make a change. Proton apps rely on advanced encryption to allow people to communicate more freely and escape mass surveillance. Making such tools available is a crucial part of helping preserve freedom in the digital age.

Thank you again to everyone who contributed to this campaign to support the people of Hong Kong in their time of need. Your support is helping us move towards the world we want to live in, where everyone can fully exercise their right to privacy and freedom.

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Proton was founded by scientists who met at CERN and had the idea that an internet where privacy is the default is essential to preserving freedom. Our team of developers, engineers, and designers from all over the world is working to provide you with secure ways to be in control of your online data.


  1. HongKonger_Stephen

    Thank You Proton Team, you are my HERO.

  2. Tom

    Thats money down the drain my friend. These so call activist used the money to buy their house and other items like LV, bags for their girlfriends. You are suckers.

  3. tom

    The words Freedom and Democracy are being used for covering many right and wrong deeds.
    Hong Kong so called activists are actually rioters and working for Anti Communism strategic plans by
    subversion. who ever is right not my concern, but I suggest your guys in Proton company get out of politics, and just do your business to make money. Politic is a toy for the rich and powerful, not for Proton it is not your MO.

  4. Michael B

    Thank you for helping where some of us cannot financially.

  5. George Metzger

    Mad respect to you guys for doing this, going to become a paying member soon because of this! STAND WITH HONG KONG

  6. M

    Thank you for supporting Hong Kong freedom. Glad to pay for a service that values democracy and free speech.

  7. Big Brother

    Hi! We are very happy to hear about your donation :). In addition to knowing that you are on the side of privacy and freedom.
    Recently in my country there was a blockade of Telegram and then many VPNs stopped working, especially those based on OpenVPN. This and various events make many citizens think that we are facing Deep Packet Inspection (DPI-SSL) and MITM-type attacks. To circumvent censorship, the Softheter protocol would be a good alternative, compatible with OpenVPN. Will this protocol be on your goals? Greetings!

  8. Richie Koch

    There are no plans currently to support the Softether VPN protocol, but I’ll share the request with our development team.

  9. Kosi

    This is really nice I guess

  10. Juho

    Very good, I highly respect what you are doing. I wish the government would hold China accountable for the China virus because they covered it up and let it spread all over the world!

  11. Mateusz Pusiewicz

    Beatifully written article! To be totally honest with You, I had goose bumbs reading it! I always belived that being kind doesnt cost any money! It is really heartwarming to know that ProtonVPN has your back covered!

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