VPNs – Is This Technology Legal?

Virtual private networks (VPN) – you use one, right? Well, depending upon where you are in the globe, your ability to use one may be limited, restricted, or encouraged. While the mere definition of privacy is sliced and diced depending upon which continent you may reside, the VPN is a good step to take to protect your web presence/activity.

First piece of advice: If you have a VPN option available to you when connecting to the Internet, use it, most especially from public or semi-public environs, such as coffee shops, airports, libraries, etc. In addition, pick your VPN provider with care, as an analysis on VPN security conducted in early-2017 by Australia’s CSIRO on VPN’s clearly indicates that some providers ‘do security’ much better than others.

In this article, we’ll bypass the history of VPN’s and move straight into the meat and potatoes of what you need to know.

Countries and VPNs

With almost 200 countries in this world we share, one should not be surprised that the usage of VPNs and permissibility of VPNs varies greatly from one country to another. The good folks at thebestvpn have compiled a searchable list of the 196 countries and their laws.

The UAE altered Federal Law No. 9/2012 by royal edict in 2016 and banned VPNs – and also promised a prison sentence, accompanied by a hefty fine, to violators.

Iran has taken the stance, since 2013, that VPNs are illegal, except for those which are legal. Users can use one providing the VPN is registered and approved by the government.

Then there are the two countries whose ban on the VPN has gained the most notoriety: China and Russia. Their laws are different, and thus we can’t paint both with the same brush.

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This is a Security Bloggers Network syndicated blog post authored by Christopher Burgess. Read the original post at: Cylance Blog

Christopher Burgess

Christopher Burgess

Christopher Burgess (@burgessct) is a writer, speaker and commentator on security issues. He is a former Senior Security Advisor to Cisco and served 30+ years within the CIA which awarded him the Distinguished Career Intelligence Medal upon his retirement. Christopher co-authored the book, “Secrets Stolen, Fortunes Lost, Preventing Intellectual Property Theft and Economic Espionage in the 21st Century”. He also founded the non-profit: Senior Online Safety.

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