Hosted VPN Providers Shut Down in India Over Anti-privacy Law: India Will Soon Require Operators to Collect Names, Emails, and IP Addresses

The Indian agency overseeing computer security will soon require VPN operators in India to collect information such as customer’s names, email addresses and the IP addresses they use to connect to the internet. Providers must maintain the data for at least five years and furnish the information to authorities when asked.India’s Computer Emergency Response Team has said the new rules, which will be implemented from Sept. 25, are needed to tackle cybercrime and defend the “sovereignty or integrity of India” and the security of the state.Hosted VPN services enable users to protect their location, browsing history, and identities by encrypting and routing their traffic through “tunnels” between their services and customers’ computers.

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