Amazon's China Partner Bans Use of VPNs by Customers Amid Ongoing Clampdown

Amazon's China Partner Bans Use of VPNs by Customers Amid Ongoing Clampdown

Tim Cook on Tuesday addressed the controversy over his company's recent removal of some virtual private network (VPN) apps from its China App Store, reiterating that the US company was simply complying with Chinese regulations. Essentially, as a requirement for someone to operate a VPN they have to have a license from the government there.

"If we discover (clients using unapproved VPNs), we will shut down services", the agency quoted the employee as saying.

ExpressVPN said at the time that it was "disappointed in this development, as it represents the most drastic measure the Chinese government has taken to block the use of VPNs to date, and we are troubled to see Apple aiding China's censorship efforts".

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ExpressVPN recently posted a letter they received from Apple stating that the company's app had been removed from Apple's store, "because it includes content that is illegal in China".

"Golden Frog's core mission is to fight for a free and open Internet experience for users around the world, so we will file an appeal with Apple-but I am not hopeful", according to a company blog post written by Golden Frog president Sunday Yokubaitis. "These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business".

The organization considers that the law is a "serious crack-down on the Internet freedom", "the last attack of the authorities on online freedoms".

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Back in June of this year, China passed a new cybersecurity law that bans the use of unapproved VPNs as well as requiring companies, including foreign cloud providers to put their data within the country.

However Cook did emphasize that in this situation the law is on China's side, unlike the Federal Bureau of Investigation iPhone unlocking saga past year where Cook reiterated that the law supported them.

Customers of Amazon, along with those of Apple Inc., are facing pressure in China to comply with the Chinese government's desire to further tighten the screws on its already heavily policed internet.

Wang stated that the emails sent to customers were sent under guidance from the China's Ministry of Public Security and the country's telecom regulator.

The law was also criticized by Russia's most famous asylum recipient, former US security consultant Edward Snowden, who leaked a trove of classified USA documents on government surveillance before fleeing to Russian Federation. The customers even accused the U.S. tech giant, and they even got pressure from Beijing Cyber Regulators.

Yokubaitis added, "We view access to the Internet in China as a human rights issue, and I would expect Apple to value human rights over profits". The company removed multiple apps belonging to the New York Times from the App Store in China in December.

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