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China asks Apple to remove VPN services from store

VPNs allow users to bypass China's so-called 'Great Firewall'

Cate Cadell | Reuters 

Apple says it is removing virtual private network (VPN) services from its app store in China, drawing criticism from VPN service providers, who accuse the US tech giant of bowing to pressure from Beijing cyber regulators. VPNs allow users to bypass China's so-called 'Great Firewall' aimed at restricting access to overseas sites. In January, Beijing passed laws seeking to ban all VPNs that are not approved by state regulators. Approved VPNs must use state network infrastructure. In a statement on Sunday, an Apple spokeswoman confirmed it will remove apps that ...

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First Published: Mon, July 31 2017. 01:44 IST
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