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Virtual private network operator ExpressVPN will pull its servers from India, citing the impossibility of complying with the nation's incoming requirement to record users' identities and activities. ExpressVPN offers software that routes traffic through servers that load their operating systems entirely into RAM and therefore …

  1. b0llchit Silver badge
    Facepalm

    Potentials with 100% guarantee

    "The law is also overreaching and so broad as to open up the window for potential abuse,"...

    Hm, why be so polite or diplomatic and say "potential abuse"? You know that these laws will be abused. They were designed to be abused without repercussion. It is the mark of people in power. They want more power and stay in power, forever, regardless of others.

    1. Doctor Syntax Silver badge

      Re: Potentials with 100% guarantee

      They're right. Until they are actually abused they only have potential. It's a matter of timing but then timing is the important thing. There's a potential for some disaster to affect your data storage so you take backups before that can happen - timing.

    2. NoneSuch Silver badge
      Devil

      Re: Potentials with 100% guarantee

      Unless the public gets their noses out of FaceBook and starts making politicians accountable they will end up in camps with barbed wire around the perimeter "for their protection."

      Freedom is a right only if it is protected by those who want it.

  2. VoiceOfTruth

    ExpressVPN is owned by a British company

    That means it can be compelled to assist the British government in its spying. Pulling out of India is just window dressing. I expect that India will respond and start blocking ExpressVPN's IP addresses. Hahahahahaha.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      So what ?

      Express concern

      Will just use rotating IP’s

      Tech will always be ahead of the lawmakers

      But if they are pulling out of India and still able to support its customers then That is the best outcome.

      1. VoiceOfTruth

        Re: So what ?

        India can deem ExpressVPN illegal and block payments. It's one thing to try and work around an IP block, it's another if somebody locks your bank account for trying to make an illegal payment.

    2. doublelayer Silver badge

      Re: ExpressVPN is owned by a British company

      For clarity, it's not quite a British company, as it's registered in the British Virgin Islands. This is still subject to UK laws and possible interference, but it has some insulation. This is, however, a thing that any VPN will have; if you're using one for privacy, the country where it is based is an important issue.

      India could block their IPs. We'll just have to see if they choose to do so. For now, the VPN still offers a way to maintain some degree of privacy in India's growing authoritarian use of the internet.

      1. VoiceOfTruth

        Re: ExpressVPN is owned by a British company

        Agreed that India is going down an unpleasant route. It's Hindu nationalism at the expense of other things.

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