In April, India passed a law that will severely curtail VPN activity in the country starting from June 27th, 2022. Why has the world's largest democracy decided to follow the path set out by some of the world's most repressive regimes, like Russia or China? More important still, will the new measures even work? The New Law First, though, let's take a look at the law itself , which was put together by the CERT-In, the Indian Computer Emergency Team. It boils down to a set of KYC (know your customer) protocols that will force VPNs to register the name, email address, physical address, IP address, and phone number of users. VPNs will also have to keep logs; all this information is to be stored for five years (180 days in the case of technical requests). Though having to reveal all your personal details to a VPN is bad enough — although, unless you signed up anonymously , it probably already knows a lot of that about you — it's the mandatory logging that is raising the most hackles among VPN users. This is because having to keep logs strikes at the very heart of what a VPN does. In… Read full this story
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