Virtual Private Network (VPN) Company Express VPN has removed its VPN servers in India for non-compliance with government directives on keeping user data for at least five years and sharing it with authorities upon request. The move comes as India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) approved the move in late April and is the first through a VPN service provider to respond to an order that will take effect on June 27. However, other VPN players have also expressed concern over the commands. Shortly after their announcement.
Here are 10 important points to explain about the removal of Express VPN Servers from India.
- “With the recent introduction of the Data Act in India requiring all VPN providers to store user information, Express VPN has made a very straightforward decision to remove our Indian based VPN servers,” said the British Virgin Islands-headquartered company. The blog post was released on Thursday.
- ExpressVPN provides “virtual” India servers for its customers to connect to as a result of updates.
- The company said that virtual servers use Indian IP addresses to provide Internet access as they do in India. This means that users outside India can continue to access India-specific content using the VPN service.
- However, virtual VPN servers are not available in India and are located in Singapore and the UK. Users can access Virtual India servers by selecting the VPN server location ‘India (via Singapore)’ or ‘India (via UK)’.
- Express VPN has maintained its ‘India (via UK)’ server location for many years. The company says virtual locations are being used to provide “faster, more reliable connections” to customers.
- Consumers are unlikely to experience a noticeable difference in experience.
- Express VPN states that it will never collect logs of user activity and will not store its users’ connection logs.
- The government has instructed VPN service providers to keep user logs for at least five years and share them with authorities when needed. It also ordered service providers to “enable mandatory logs” of their systems and maintain them securely for up to 180 days of rolling period.
- Express VPN and other VPN companies have expressed concern over the government order.
- NordVPN Parent Nord Security also suggests removing its servers from India unless given other options.
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