VPN Laws

Know the VPN Laws and How They Apply to You

It some countries, having a VPN service is merely an extra benefit while using the internet to get additional Netflix content or to hide your online activity from advertising giants like Google. But in most countries around the world, having a VPN service is a must even to be able to use the internet in general, without a VPN there could also be criminal punishment awaiting if not careful. We are going to review some of the worldwide restrictions that are in place as this will be important when deciding which countries to route your traffic through depending on what online activities you are participating in.

Government Censorship

Government censorship around the world is a significant concern as it pertains to internet usage. There are countries where it is legal to use a VPN service, but it comes with a caveat. Some countries like Iran, allow only government-sponsored VPNs to be used, this provides the governing body a way to give its people the feeling of being protected while the government can still access the logs when needed. If you fall into a country that does not have a "recommended" VPN service, it is not uncommon to see many VPN service providers being summoned to provide logs files about government investigations. Both of these occurrences are events that you will have no control over if you choose to utilize a VPN service from the specified countries.

To take censorship even further, countries like North Korea have a nationwide intranet established as the only method for accessing any form of the public internet for its citizens. This service restricts thousands of websites to only curated websites that the government approves of. Lastly, arrest warrants have been issued against those individuals that speak out against censorship, especially for those heavily involved in the blogging industry.

Blocking websites

Certain countries around the world block internet access to specific websites and will expend legal ramifications against those that choose to bypass these restrictions. Countries like China will prevent sites like google and YouTube from being accessible for the sole purpose of promoting their own versions of these services to its people. Then you also have counties that will block websites that contain specific content around the adult entertainment industry, violence, or even religion. Lastly, social media in several countries is blocked entirely, mostly due to political concerns and the absence of free speech. Accessing sites like Facebook and even chat sites like WhatsApp can be troublesome if your VPN is routing you through these countries.

How does this affect the end-user?

As a VPN user, you can select which country to route your connections through (some services actually won't allow you to choose a route, so you are even more susceptible). From a performance perspective, a privacy perspective and from a legal perspective, it is imperative to understand which countries allow specific actions based on your internet activity. Just because you can perform a select action in the United States, doesn't mean you can do the same thing over VPN through China. Luckily, the professionals at RingVPN have got you covered to help ensure your connection remain seamless and encrypted depending on the type of business/personal use cases you require.