Tens of thousands protest against Netflix VPN block

Tens of thousands of Netflix users, including privacy activists, are protesting against the streaming company’s expanding VPN and proxy crackdown, according to a report by TorrentFreak.

Netflix started blocking some VPN services towards the end of January, in a bid to prevent non-US subscribers accessing the service’s US catalogue.

“As a result, it has become harder to use VPN services and proxies to access Netflix content from other countries, something various movie studios have repeatedly called for,” stated TorrentFreak.

The publication said this has resulted in fierce resistance from thousands of users. This includes an OpenMedia petition urging Netflix to rethink its approach, signed by 33,000 people.

“Privacy is a huge priority for us as a digital rights organisation, and that VPNs are probably the simplest, most user-friendly way for everyday Internet users to safeguard their online activities,” said OpenMedia.

“Given that a huge percentage of the population uses Netflix, if they were all forced to stop using VPNs, that would represent a major setback for privacy.”

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