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VPN services reject Russian govt requirements

Thursday 16 May 2019 | 17:36 CET | News

The deadline set by Russia’s telecommunications watchdog Roskomnadzor for VPN services to stop giving access to websites forbidden by Moscow has expired and 12 popular services have refused to cooperate, reports Roskomsvoboda.ru. Most of them are removing their servers from the country. Three services haven't responded yet. Kaspersky Secure Connection is the only company to comply with the government's requirements.

Russia has introduced tougher internet laws, requiring search engines to delete some results, messaging services to share encryption keys with security services and social networks to store user personal data on servers within the country. However, VPN (virtual private network) services can allow users to establish secure internet connections and reach websites which have been banned or blocked. 
Roskomnadzor said it had asked the owners of around 10 VPN services to join a state IT system that contains a registry of banned websites. If VPN services link to the system, their users would not be able to reach websites which had been blocked or be able to use the banned Telegram messenger service. 

The internet censor said that it had sent notifications to NordVPN, Hide My Ass!, Hola VPN, Openvpn, VyprVPN, ExpressVPN, TorGuard, IPVanish, Kaspersky Secure Connection and VPN Unlimited, giving them a month to reply. In the event of non-compliance with the obligations stipulated by the law, Roskomnadzor may decide to restrict access to the VPN service, the watchdog said in a statement.



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Categories: Internet
Companies: Telegram
Countries: Russian Federation
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