Ban on VPNs in China and Russia - What's the objective?

Posted August 01, 2017

The firm received an email from Apple over the weekend, confirming that the ExpressVPN app would be removed from the China App Store "because it includes content that is illegal in China, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines".

In ExtraBITS this week, Apple is removing VPN apps from the Chinese App Store at the Chinese's government's request, and MacPaw has acquired the Unarchiver family of decompression apps.

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"Our preliminary research indicates that all major VPN apps for iOS have been removed", ExpressVPN, a provider based in the British Virgin Islands, said in a blog post Saturday.

However, users from China with billing address in other countries will have access over the VPN apps. Similarly, Russia introduced new legislation that will likely ban VPNs in the Russian App Store. As a response, the VPN service providers accuse the United States tech giant company of bowing to the pressure from China's cyber regulators. It is a social media application developed by local tech giant Tencent. According to the president of the firm which oversees VyprVPN, Sunday Yokubaitis, internet access in China was an issue of human rights and they were disappointed that Apple allowed profits to trump over the value of human rights. Chinese authorities now block access from multiple sites including Facebook, Twitter and more.

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Apple's China revenues have stalled, falling for a fifth straight quarter in January-March, when sales grew in every other region. Apple could be concerned that it might receive the same fate if it gains the ire of China's government. Censors forced Apple to shut down its online book and film stores just six months after launching, the New York Times reported a year ago, citing sources.

VPS will allow users to bypass China's service which we call it as "Great Firewall". Earlier this month, the company announced plans to begin storing its Chinese users' data on servers run by a Chinese government-controlled company, The Australian reports. That said, Apple has no other choice either given that it is bound to abide with the local laws to continue doing business in the country. China is one of leading countries where freedom of speech is controlled by the authoritarian regime.

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Some said the recent moves jarred with Apple's stance in the United States previous year, when it opposed an Federal Bureau of Investigation court order to break into an iPhone of a gunman who fatally shot 14 people in San Bernardino in December 2015, with Cook saying it would be "bad for America".