As the majority of us are aware, China censors the internet greatly and restricts access to almost everything that the rest of the world can access, even Google. The restrictions apply to Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, and other social media and search engines. Because of this, they actually have some of the best VPN services in China and they are very popular.
Now, although the Chinese people love using VPN’s, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’re allowed to. Actually, as of 31st March 2018, China prohibited VPN’s. Despite this, VPN providers still claim that they can be used within China. With a campaign to crack down on VPN’s throughout 2017, they even removed off VPN apps by Apple, to prevent users downloading apps.
The well-established VPN services, such as ExpressVPN, Vypr VPN, and Astrill are VPN’s that will work in China. It seems that the ban on VPN’s was mainly a scaremongering tactic, to stop users trying to use them in the first place.
VPN in Canada?
A lot of Canadian’s like to use VPN services to gain access to American Netflix shows that are not available across the border. Since 2011, Google searches on ‘How to get American Netflix in Canada’ have increased tenfold.
The funny thing is with VPN’s in Canada, is that they are legal, however using them to gain access to American Netflix shows is a violation of their terms and conditions. Getting caught will mean that they simply terminate your account, and you won’t have access to Netflix anymore.
So, it is not criminal, but your uses of VPN services could still cause repercussions.
VPN in UAE?
United Arab Emirates(UAE), recently, Skype was banned in UAE, causing some questions surrounding VPN’s and their legality. Kellie Blyth, a senior associate at Clyde & Co, has cleared some things up. Blyth says that individual people, rather than corporate organisations, will not go to prison or pay a fine, only if you don’t use VPN’s to commit a crime. That is still an offence.
More officially, the Telecommunications and Regulatory Authority issued a statement clearing up that companies, banks and institutions may use VPNs, and that the law is only broken when internet protocols are manipulated for the purpose of committing a crime.
Which VPNs work in UAE? Suppliers such as ExpressVPN, NordVPN and PrivateVPN all function well as of 2018.
VPN in Iran?
In the earlier years of the 21st century, Iran faced a great increase in internet usage. As of 2013, Iran had over 46 million users. In 2012, Iran began to crack down, 27% of internet sites were blocked at once. By 2013, 50% of the very popular sites worldwide were also blocked, including YouTube, Facebook, Twitter and Google. Like China, this makes VPN usage very popular. A part of this censorship has included VPNs, and they are banned in Iran, along with HTTPS and any externally developed software.
VPN in the UK?
Since the Investigatory Powers Act in 2016, The British intelligence services have a lot of access to your information if you are using the internet in the UK. This gives anyone using the internet in the UK a valid reason to try to protect themselves through a VPN.
Luckily, VPNs are legal in the UK, but remember to choose a VPN service based outside of the UK. If they are based in the UK, then they are still bound by the Investigatory Powers Act and would have to provide information to people in power if asked.