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Freedom on the Net 2017

VPN Use – and Restriction – On the Rise Around the World

Freedom on the Net 2017, Freedom House’s annual report that ranks Internet freedoms around the world, was released last week. The report revealed the alarming fact that Internet freedoms continued to decline for the seventh year in a row. This year’s report also…

WhatsApp Encryption

Indonesia and Afghanistan Increase Censorship, Consider Banning WhatsApp

WhatsApp was under the spotlight this past week as the Afghan and Indonesian governments considered banning the popular messaging service from their respective countries. WhatsApp enjoys widespread use worldwide, and gained increased popularity after promising to both implement end-to-end encryption and never compromise user privacy. WhatsApp’s…

Freedom on the Net 2017

Freedom On the Net 2017 Released, Reveals Internet Freedoms Continue to Decline Worldwide

Freedom on the Net 2017, the annual watchdog report by Freedom House that grades Internet freedom around the world, was released today. The report reveals an alarming trend – for the 7th year in a row, Internet freedoms worldwide are on the decline. Internet freedom…

Russia announces plan to outlaw VPNs.

Russia’s VPN Law Goes Into Effect, Impacts Use Of VPN Services

Russia’s VPN Law Russia’s proposed VPN law takes effect today. We knew this law was coming – it was signed earlier this year in July – as the country planned to implement the law to combat the spread of extremist materials online. While the law…

China's social credit score has alarming privacy implications

China’s Proposed ‘Social Credit Score’ Brings Scores of Implications for Privacy

Back in 2014, the State Council of China published a document entitled “Planning Outline for the Construction of a Social Credit System.”  While the name is fairly innocuous, the concept it presents is far from. In this document, China proposes a national trust…

Letter to Apple about VPNs in China.

US Senators Demand Answers on Apple Censorship in China

Last week, news broke that two United States senators wrote a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook demanding answers regarding Apple’s recent removal of VPN apps from the app store in China. Senators Ted Cruz and Patrick Leahy pose several questions to Cook and…

Censorship Increases Ahead of Communist Party Congress in China

Intense Censorship Arrives Ahead of China’s Communist Party Congress

China’s Communist Party Congress is coming up this week, and in advance of the meeting many security, surveillance and censorship measures are being ramped up in the country. The Communist Party Congress takes place every 5 years, and this year marks the 19th…

VyprVPN Service in China Restored After Latest Round of Blocking

The Chinese government began blocking VyprVPN connections via IP blocking, as well as targeting of iOS connections yesterday (October 4). As indicated by reports and commentary online, the latest round of censorship in the form of VPN blocking appears to be hitting many…

Letter to Apple about VPNs in China.

We Asked Apple for Transparency in China: Here’s What Happened

As you may be aware, we recently joined forces with Greatfire.org and called on Apple to be more transparent in its response to China’s demand to remove VPNs from the country’s app store. We co-authored a letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook in which we outlined our…

WhatsApp Encryption

China Expands Censorship, Blocks WhatsApp Messaging App

Censorship in China has increased yet again, with news this week the country is now blocking access to popular messaging service WhatsApp.  This move comes in advance of next month’s Communist Party Congress (we’ll be writing more about this next week – stay…