One of the biggest challenges on the Internet is online privacy. Governments across the globe have been found censoring the internet, surveilling the people, and even stealing information.
China is one of those nations which have been known for its strict censorship laws for the web. They use their Great Firewall of China for the purpose and have a tight hold over their citizen.
The Great Firewall of China is one of their projects which they use to censor and block access to various websites such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, and The Pirate Bay.
To bypass the censorship, many of the Chinese people rely on Virtual Private Network (VPN) services. VPN services reroute your internet traffic securely through a remote connection, hiding your location, and allowing you to access restricted websites.
VPN Services Shutting Down
According to a report by Bloomberg, GreenVPN which is one of the most popular VPN service providers in China notified its customers that they would stop their services from July 1st. They decided to do this after the orders from “regulatory departments” about ceasing their operations.
Not just GreenVPN, some users of SuperVPN also reported that they were unable to access the VPN service on their smartphones. We don’t know if it was just a glitch or another shutdown.
We believe that this may be the doing of new rules by the China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology which makes it illegal to use or operate local VPNs without approval from Government.
“all special cable and VPN services on the mainland needed to obtain prior government approval—a move making most VPN service providers in the country of 730 million Internet users illegal.”
The crackdown on VPN services is to “strengthen cyberspace information security management,” said the Chinese Ministry.