China tightens Great Firewall by declaring unauthorised VPN services illegal


Move means all cable and VPN services need prior government approval and comes as Beijing steps up censorship before power-reshuffle party congress

DATE: 23/01/2017
SOURCE: SCMP


Beijing has launched a 14-month nationwide campaign to crack down on unauthorised internet connections, including virtual private networks (VPN) services – a technology that allows users to bypass the country’s infamous Great Firewall.

A notice released by China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Sunday said that all special cable and VPN services on the mainland needed to obtain prior government approval – a move making most VPN service providers in the country of 730 million internet users illegal.



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