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China orders mobile app stores to remove VPN apps

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Jun 27, 2017 8:54 pm

Story : http://boingboing.net/2017/06/27/great-firewall-with-apps.html





Starting July 1, the official Android and Apple App stores will no longer allow Chinese users to download the VPN apps that Chinese people rely upon in order to get around the Great Firewall of China, which censors information in China and surveils Chinese peoples' use of the net.

VPNs are banned in China, unless they register with the government and escrow their keys, enabling state surveillance and censorship of VPN users' internet access. But a collection of extremely popular apps have flauted this rule, providing an easy way of circumventing the Great Firewall.

Now, VPN providers have signaled that they expect to be delisted on July 1, apparently due to a stepped-up enforcement regime from the Chinese government, timed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of the handover of Hong Kong from British rule to Chinese rule -- 30 years marked by increasing uneasiness as China systematically reneged on its promises to allow Hong Kong to remain largely independent, culminating in the past few years with kidnappings and forced confessions for dissident publishers and a street uprising over Hong Kong's rigged elections.

The crackdown may not be related to Hong Kong news, however -- another possible cause is a series high-profile corruption allegations against Wang Qishan, the secretary of Chinese Communist Party's anti-corruption agency.





not good, but not surprising either.

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Re: China orders mobile app stores to remove VPN apps

Postby thaclubguy » Tue Sep 05, 2017 9:48 am

Yeah! That's sad but reality. The Chinese government should understand the importance of online freedom and privacy. Now they are even removing VPN apps as well.
One of my Chinese friend just bought PureVPN's 2-years subscription and then this happened. :cry:
The people of China should unite and take stand against this and step ahead to allow their upcoming generations be aware of internet freedom. :(
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