After India, the US to crack down on VPN service providers
Technology: Now US lawmakers asked the Lina Khan-led Federal Trade Commission (FTC) to address abusive and deceptive data practices by hundreds of companies providing Virtual Private Network (VPN) services for individuals.
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The consumer VPN industry is widespread with false advertising and abusive data practices, the lawmakers said.
They have described several issues like false promoting, and misleading claims about the services, selling user data, providing user activity logs to law enforcement, and a lack of oversight of the industry in general. They have described several abusive practices in the consumer VPN industry and more.
They further said we request you to use your authority to take enforcement actions against the problematic actors in the consumer VPN industry, focusing particularly on those that engage in false advertising and data collection practices through VPN.
They also said that the VPN industry is extremely opaque, and many VPN providers exploit, mislead, and take advantage of unintentional users.
In our country, India, a directive from the CERT-In, the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team has also sought additional compliance requirements for all VPN providers whose users are in the country.
The new rule is to be implemented from September 25 and requires VPN service providers along with data centers and cloud service providers to store information such as names, contact numbers, email ID, and IP addresses of their customers for a period of five years.
The leading VPN service providers of NordVPN, ExpressVPN, and Surfshark, have removed their servers from India over the new directions. Additionally, they said there are hundreds of VPN services available to download and use, yet there is a lack of practical tools or independent research to audit VPN providers’ security claims, and there many popular VPNs who are spreading false information on their websites.
The Consumer Reports (CR) in December 2021 found that 75% of leading VPN providers misrepresented their products and technology or claims about the protection they have provided to users on their websites like advertising military-grade encryption that even doesn’t exist.
The Advocacy groups have also found that leading VPN services intentionally misrepresent the functionality of their product and fail to provide security to their users.
VPN services have also been exposed to collecting and abusing user data. In 2020 it was found that a leading analytics firm used the personal data of over 35 million people who had downloaded one of their 20 VPN and ad-blocking apps to power their analytics platform without consent.
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