All VPNs to be blocked in China by February 2018?
Do we have to say goodbye to Facebook, Youtube and Twitter?
According to Bloomberg sources, the Chinese authorities have ordered telecommunications firms to ban the usage of VPNs by February 2018. Three state-owned companies receiving government directives run actually the Internet services, mainly China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.
Let’s take a look back…
In one of the world’s most restricted technology regimes, VPNs provide a cyber encrypted connection with an IP address in another country, letting private users, as well as companies to get around Internet restrictions and access websites like Google, Facebook or the New York Times.
In January, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology announced that VPNs would be definitely illegal in the country and the use pf them will be considered a crime. One of the measures that form a part of a 14-month “clean-up”, in order to strength the Great Firewall in the name of “Internet Sovereignty”.
Recently, China has implemented a new cybersecurity law giving the government unprecedented access to foreign companies’ technology, as it bolsters control of the collection and movement of data. It’s supposed to ensure that the majority of the data they collect in China is stored on servers located within China.
We are already used to hearing new restrictions and the alleged end of access to our favorite websites, but if the government gave that order directly to the telecommunications companies it could really become a struggle for individuals, startups and small companies to connect to the outside world.
Moreover, international firms who need to access to their overseas servers through a secure way would be highly affected. Chinese companies may take a serious advantage, as the local market could become even harder to reach.
We are waiting on other sources or official publications to confirm that information, stay tuned…