China tightens control over VPN services

China tightens control over VPN services

According to The Guardian, 171 websites out of a thousand world’s most popular ones are banned in China.

Chinese authorities announced a 14-month Internet purge campaign. According to the country’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technologies, the campaign implies compulsory licensing of Internet services, especially VPN ones that allow users to access content prohibited in China. Starting from January 22 unlicensed VPN services have been illegal. "The Chinese Internet market is showing signs of disordered development which requires quick steps and solutions", the Ministry said.

Experts link the campaign with the upcoming rotation of the highest-ranking party members that is expected to happen during the next congress of the Chinese Communist Party later this year.

The Great Firewall, as they call it outside of China, or the Golden Shield, as the Chinese call it, is a major monitoring and tracking system created by the Chinese government to block unfavorable incoming data from foreign countries. According to The Guardian, 171 websites out of a thousand world’s most popular ones are banned in China.

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