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China Cracks Down on VPN Vendors (bbc.com) 40

An anonymous reader shares a BBC report: China's latest crackdown on those attempting to skirt state censorship controls has seen it warn e-commerce platforms over the sale of illegal virtual private networks (VPNs). Five websites, including shopping giant Alibaba, have been asked to remove vendors that sell VPNs. It is the latest in a series of measures from the Chinese government to maintain strict control over content. Apple has previously been asked to remove VPN apps. China's cyber-regulator the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) has ordered the websites to carry out immediate "self-examination and correction." "The CAC has ordered these five sites to immediately carry out a comprehensive clean-up of harmful information, close corresponding illegal account.. and submit a rectification report by a deadline," the regulator said in a statement.
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China Cracks Down on VPN Vendors

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  • Crackdown (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 17, 2017 @11:10AM (#55034633)

    That word is such a cop-out. Governments don't "crack down" on freedom of speech or freedom of assocation -- they oppress, because those are things which every human being has a natural right to with or without government.

    • Re: (Score:2, Offtopic)

      Check your local listings.

      Not valid in all areas.

      Some restrictions apply.

  • Slashdot! (Score:2, Offtopic)

    by Frosty Piss ( 770223 ) *

    It's DUPE-O-LICIOUS!

  • ...to an America near you.

  • by burtosis ( 1124179 ) on Thursday August 17, 2017 @11:34AM (#55034799)
    Because if the request also covers emails between the company organizers and the 1.3 million people that casually are even interested in VPNs, any deleted messages and files, as well as subscriber information — such as names and addresses — and unpublished photos and blog posts that are stored in the site’s database, that would be some serious fascist shit I'd expect from a second rate dictatorship like China.
  • by dave562 ( 969951 ) on Thursday August 17, 2017 @02:17PM (#55036083) Journal

    We are currently working with 21ViaNet, the Microsoft Azure partner in mainland China. They will not even allow us to setup a site-to-site VPN from our Azure instance back to our office in the US. I take that back. They will allow it, but they "strongly" recommend against it. They say that they will not be able to guarantee connectivity or SLAs due to the Great Firewall.

    We have to use their "managed VPN service" instead. I am sure that it is Great Firewall compliant, complete with MitM capabilities. We do not even want to transfer data out of the country. We are just using it for administration, monitoring and maintenance.

  • I run a VPN just so I can watch content in other countries. Just swap my VPN to that country and it's all good.

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