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01 August 2017, 10:55 | Floyd Cook
A VPN could allow users in China to get around their “Great Firewall” and access information beyond its borders
On Saturday, July 29, ExpressVPN received an alert from Apple stating that their app had been pulled from the Chinese App Store because "it includes content that is illegal in China". VPN apps that provide servers to surf the internet anonymously and access banned content, have not only been hit by Apple in China but Russia's president has also signed a law today to deactivate all the VPNs and proxy servers in the country.
The company further observed that "all major VPN apps for iOS" have been dumped from the App Store in Chinaaccording to its research.
When asked for comment by Fox News, an Apple spokesman said: "Earlier this year China's [Ministry of Industry and Information Technology] announced that all developers offering VPNs must obtain a license from the government". And its Apple that has found itself at the receiving end of the changed circumstances given that it has been forced to remove those apps from its official Chinese app store that rely on VPNs.
The Chinese crackdown on VPNs is not particularly shocking, given the country's well-known isolation from the broader internet. In the United States, Apple clashed with the Federal Bureau of Investigation under Barack Obama, and faces a fierce critic of an internet with no regulations on speech in Donald Trump, though so far the president and his agencies have taken no new actions.
They also announced they would be banning all VPN services that did not comply with their strict regulations, which includes nearly all foreign based VPN services.
The Chinese government is infamously known for their very stringent national policies in internet use.
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