VPN Providers Will Kill User Privacy, Restrict Internet Freedom

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The Indian government’s announced the directions compulsory for all Virtual Private Network (VPN) service providers and a few other entities to collect and hold user data for 5 years or more has ignited a debate in the cybersecurity community on the legality and feasibility of the latest launched rules.

Many experts advised that such a law is not only damaging the security of internet users and their internet freedom but is also vague, with the possibility of harming the growth of the sector in the country.

India is scaled as one of the largest VPN markets in the world. In the past few years, VPN usage has grown rapidly in the country. VPN installs exploded by 348.7 M in H1 2021, with a growth of 671% over 2020.

As per the report of Atlas VPN, increase can be resultant to the rapidly evolving digital ecosystem in the country, as India’s internet user base grew at a rate of 24% every year on average from 2015 through 2020.

Previously, India was the second-largest market for VPN, with 45% of internet usage through VPN, from 38% in 2018.

The top most VPN service providers in India are- Surfshark, NordVPN, ExpressVPN, PureVPN, CyberGhost and IPVanish.

The usage of VPN services is done for online privacy and data protection on the internet. The data transferred over VPN servers remain encrypted, which helps the internet users to safeguard their confidential information and their identity as well. Hence, the new compulsion pitches the basic foundation of VPNs, which are based on not holding, collecting, or recording any user data. 

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