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China Enforces New Rules Punishing VPN Providers Who Threaten the Great Firewall



China Enforces New Rules Punishing VPN Providers Who Threaten the Great Firewall


According to a SCMP report, the Chinese government’s latest step towards controlling information is actually an attempt to further increase its control over the Internet. This should also serve as a warning to many internet based services/companies.

The top cyberspace authority in China recently drafted new regulations that will punish individuals and companies that use or offer VPN services. In other words, the government is more effectively cracking down on those who try to see beyond China’s “Great Firewall”.

According to a SCMP report, the Chinese government’s latest step towards controlling information is actually an attempt to further increase its control over the Internet.

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This should also serve as a warning to many internet based services/companies. The newly drafted regulations were proposed last weekend and may still be amended after public consultation. These new regulations are one of the most aggressive measures to punish VPN services. For those unaware, a VPN service basically helps users bypass the Chinese firewall by redirecting their traffic through a remote server.

That is, this allows people to bypass the firewall and access online content that would otherwise be inaccessible. The new rules entitled “Network Data Security Management Regulations” were proposed by the Cyberspace Administration of China and states that no individual or organization will offer “programs, tools, routes” or other services such as internet access, server hosting, technical support, promotion, and more to “penetrate and bypass the cross-border data security portal”

Violation of this regulation will be punished with up to 10 times the amount of money earned from the violation, or up to 500,000 yuan (about US$78,500) if you are in a management position. In addition, an organization offering VPN services may also have its business license revoked. These rules can even be applied against potentially targeted companies that are headquartered abroad but operating in China.