This is a great post by Des Paroz on the changes to Fastmail’s privacy and security policy changes after their recent buy-back event. Being an Australian company, they are in a better position to defend against the rampant NSA bullshit.
I’ve been a very happy Fastmail user for a while now and it suits my needs. I recommend it to everyone who wants a Google-free email experience.
Des did a nice job with it so be sure to give it a read (and then sign up for Fastmail using my referral code.)