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China’s VPN ban and what impact it can have on us all

These days, everybody’s talking about Russia and China and their goal to ban VPNs, since they allegedly promote illegal content. It all started with the fact that last week, Apple removed all virtual private network apps (VPNs) from the iTunes store in china.

Watch the video we created below for more information on the situation in China and what to expect in the near future:

What do we, as a VPN company, have to say on the matter?

“They’re making the lives of hundreds of millions less secure. It’s not just about privacy anymore. People used to believe it was okay to lose internet privacy because, as long as they weren’t doing anything wrong, they had nothing to fear. It’s not like that, our data tells everything about us. Without the ability to secure our data there’s no way for it to be safe.”, said Robert Knapp, CyberGhost VPN CEO, quoted by thenextweb.com.

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The VPN ban in Russia, explained

Check out the video below to find out the most important aspects of the recent VPN ban in Russia. Are you directly affected by the situation? Drop us a comment and give us your input!

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Attention, travelers: countries where VPNs are illegal

[ inspired by article posted on the German version of the CyberGhost blog by Ulrich Brügmann; access the original article here ]

In some countries, topless sunbathing is frowned upon and strictly prohibited. Such a place is Egypt. In other countries, wearing a burqa is not allowed. That kind of place is France. Winter tires are also source for controversy, as using them during summer can lead to certain fines in Italy.

If such things leave room for debate, it comes as no surprise that tools such as VPNs are frowned upon in certain places, especially since they were created to protect our identities online, thus not allowing others to spy on us and maybe to control us easier.

Why are VPNs banned?

The reasons/pretexts for which VPNs are banned vary. The most widespread ones are terrorism, child pornography distribution, spreading malware, committing fraud or other illegal activities. Such a measure may save time and effort when catching certain felons, but it could expose many innocents to various types of cybercrimes.

However, this VPN ban is taken very seriously in the countries which have adopted it. Harsh punishments can be applied to those violating it, including simple tourists.

What forms of punishments are applied?

If you take the following excerpt from the United Arab Emirates’ federal law, you will notice that breaking the VPN ban is in no way regarded lightly:

“Whoever uses a fraudulent computer network protocol address (IP address) by using a false address or a third-party address by any other means for the purpose of committing a crime or preventing its discovery, shall be punished by temporary imprisonment and a fine of no less than Dhs 500,000 [US$136,000] and not exceeding Dhs 2,000,000 [US$544,500] of either of these two penalties.”

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