Published: Thu, August 03, 2017
Science | By Nancy Frank

Russian Federation bans VPNs, removes anonymity from chat apps

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On Saturday, two VPN providers with operations in the country said they had been notified by Apple that their products were being removed from the company's app store in China because they contained illegal content.

The move is in line with recent directives from Beijing's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT), which issued orders at the beginning of the year requiring VPNs to seek licenses from the government before operating.

"If we discover (clients using unapproved VPNs), we will shut down services", the agency quoted the employee as saying.

Tech giant Apple will try to have the Chinese government's Internet restrictions lessened - but will comply with the country's laws, CEO Tim Cook said.

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ExpressVPN said at the time that it was "disappointed in this development, as it represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China's censorship efforts".

Analysts believed that the government has been more insistent on demanding companies to make acknowledgements following the passage of the new cybersecurity law, and ahead of the Communist Party conclave later this year, at which most of China's top leader are expected to be replaced.

Despite cries that Apple was working in conjunction with the Chinese government and not the USA government, following last year's San Bernadino attacks, Cook said that's simply not the case. Its stance is that rules governing cyberspace should mimic real-world border controls and that the internet should be subject to the same laws as sovereign states.

The move by Apple is another setback for internet users in China who are rapidly finding that their options for bypassing China's Great Firewall are diminishing. However, these apps can be found in other markets where the company operates.

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"Cook recently said 'accessibility is a human right.' If Apple views accessibility as a human right, we would hope Apple will likewise recognize Internet access as a human right and would choose human rights over profits", wrote one service, Golden Frog, in its company blog post. We undertand those same requirements on other app stores, as we check through that's the case. He signed a law and agreed to prohibit the VPN technology which permits the users to access the websites. Both countries have laws forcing companies that provide cloud services within their borders to store customer data domestically rather than internationally.

In January, the government passed laws banning all VPNs not approved by regulators.

Over the weekend, Apple removed several VPN apps from the Chinese App Store, causing significant amounts of blowback from privacy experts as well as VPN operators.

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