Putin passes law that will ban VPNs in Russia2017-08-01 10:40 by Daniela
Tags: VPN, Russia
Over the weekend, Russian president Vladimir Putin formally approved a new law that prohibits the use of VPN services, proxies and tors by users in the country. The law has already been approved by the Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, and is set to go into effect on November 1, 2017.
The policy, which takes effect starting Nov. 1, is designed to defend against illegal content rather than enable government censorship. Any companies that fail to comply with the new rules can be fined up to one million roubles ($16,500).
Russia's attempts to limit access to online information are concurrent with legislation that may put the privacy of users at risk. In 2015, the government passed legislation that requires all user data from Russian citizens to be stored in Russian-based servers, and last year it passed another law that requires telecoms and Internet service providers to retain traffic data for up to a year, a move that prompted VPN provider Private Internet Access to discontinue its Russian gateways.
In China, the VPN services were also banned earlier this year. Unlike China, Russia still allows access to sites like Google, Facebook, and Twitter.
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