Free Internet Setback In China: Apple forced to remove VPN's from store

Free Internet Setback In China: Apple forced to remove VPN's from store

Free Internet Setback In China: Apple forced to remove VPN's from store

According to a new report, nearly all major VPN apps on the App Store in China have been removed by Apple.

Express VPN International Ltd announced on Saturday that its ExpressVPN app on Apple's App Store in China has been taken down.

As Reuters reported, the Great Firewall, China's internet censorship apparatus, had been upgraded with new capabilities that include VPN services getting hit by the most sophisticated attacks from China to date, messaging apps getting interfered by the government and so on.

Leonid Levin, head of Duma's information policy committee, said the law is not intended to impose restrictions on law-abiding citizens but is meant only to block access to "unlawful content", Russia's RIA news agency reported.

Wu said the VPN apps remain available in all other markets where Apple does business.

Apple sent notifications to developers in China explaining their VPN app was removed from the App Store.

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According to the Times, the VPN-app crackdown likely signals stricter controls on VPNs to continue after this fall's Chinese Communist Party congress. Golden Frog president Sunday Yokubaitis can not hide his dismay over Apple's decision.

Yokubaitis further stated that internet access in China is a human rights issue, adding that Apple has "to value human rights over profits". Another provider, Star VPN, said on Twitter that its app had also been removed, calling the move a "dangerous precedent".

ExpressVPN publicly reminded users that it is possible for people inside China to access the apps as long as they have a billing address in a country where the App Store has not yet been censored.

Golden Frog, a company that makes security software, told the New York Times that its app also had been taken down from the China App Store.

Those who wanted to use VPN's were required to receive government approval.

Apple is in the middle of a localisation drive in China, and named a new managing director for the region - a new role - this month. China is requiring its big three phone carriers to block access to VPNs by February 2018 in a campaign aimed at "cleaning and standardizing" access to the internet.

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