Peer Heinlein is the founder of mailbox.org and an expert in secure e-mail, computer networks, and Linux servers. He has over 25 years of experience in Internet service provision and authored a number of reference books. A lawyer by training, Heinlein regards the facilitation of free and unsurveilled communication a fundamental requirement for the functioning of a democratic society. He is an adamant supporter of privacy protection and actively works with his businesses to provide secure alternatives to what is currently offered by many mainstream ISPs. Heinlein is the CEO of Heinlein Support GmbH, based in Berlin, Germany.