NordVPN says that under the new rules, the VPN company will not be able to guarantee the privacy of its users, so it will take down its servers on June 26
In the past, authoritarian governments have often introduced similar regulations to better control their citizens: NordVPN to Inc42
After ExpressVPN and Surfshark, NordVPN is the third major player in the space to announce the removal of servers from India
NordVPN has decided to remove all of its physical servers from India, making it the third major virtual private network (VPN) provider to do so after ExpressVPN and Surfshark.
The company will shut down its servers on June 26, a day before a new directive from India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In’s) targeting VPN players goes into effect.
“…VPN companies with servers in India may no longer be able to guarantee the privacy of their users. In light of this, NordVPN has decided to remove all of its servers from India. These servers will be removed on June 26, 2022,” said the The company said in a statement to Inc42.
“…We are committed to protecting the privacy of our customers. As a result, we are no longer able to maintain servers in India…To ensure our users are aware of this decision, we will be sending a full message via the NordVPN app starting June 20. notice,” it added.
NordVPN spokeswoman Laura Tyrylyte slammed the government’s new directive, saying that in the past authoritarian governments have often introduced similar regulations to better control their citizens.
“If democracies follow the same path, it has the potential to impact people’s privacy and freedom of speech. Either way, this law could negatively impact people’s privacy and Crypto security,” added Tyrylyte.
NordVPN said the move by the new directive will lead to a surge in the private data stored by thousands of small companies, and SMEs may not have the means in place to keep such data safe.
Besides NordVPN, other major players like ExpressVPN and Surfshark have also announced their intention to remove their physical servers from the country.
What are the new rules?
In April, CERT-In issued an order requiring all private VPNs, cloud service providers and other related organizations to collect user data and store it for five years or more.
Internet activists have slammed the directives, saying the new rules have the potential to enable state-sponsored mass surveillance, business analysis and censorship. CERT-In has since clarified its stance on the matter, saying that businesses and enterprise VPNs will be exempt from maintaining customer logs.
However, VPN companies continue to leave the country in droves, refusing to comply with the new regulations. On the other hand, the center also refused to change its stance, requiring VPN players to either abide by the rules or terminate their operations in the country.
According to a report, India is the second largest VPN market in the world, accounting for 45% of internet usage routed through VPNs.
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