VPN Provider Leaves Russia
Under this controversial Russian legislation, which will come into force in 2018, internet and telecom players are required to store the content and the metadata of all their users’ communications for a significant period of time. The legislation also aims to provide the FSB, Russia’s secret service, with transparent access to all these messages, even encrypted ones.
Private Internet Access (PIA), a U.S.-based VPN provider that lets users visit web pages anonymously and bypass site blockings, has announced that they have discontinued its Russian gateways and will no longer be doing business in the region for the foreseeable future.
PIA seems to be the first international player to stop activities in the country after the adoption of Russia’s latest “anti-terrorist” legislation, this may be the first of many such companies to abandon their Russian activities.
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