Russia to ban VPNs

Russian president Vladimir Putin has signed a new law which will ban virtual private networks and other technology that offers anonymous access to the web, TechCrunch reported.

Russia’s state news agency RIA reported that the chairman of the committee on information policy and technology, Leonid Levin, said the law is not intended to introduce new bans for law-abiding citizens. It will come into effect on 1 November.

The government passed laws in 2015 that require all user data of Russian citizens to be stored within the country. In 2016, it passed legislation that compels telecommunications and Internet service providers to store network traffic information for up to a year.

This caused VPN provider Private Internet Access to shut down its Russian gateways.

News of the ban follows reports that Apple has removed major VPN applications from its App Store in China. This was done to comply with regulations which state that the apps must be licensed by the Chinese government.

Now read: Opera releases browser with free VPN

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