Apple issues statement regarding removal of VPN apps from China App Store

“Apple has issued a statement regarding [Saturday’s] removal of ‘most major’ VPN apps from the App Store in China,” Matthew Panzarino reports for TechCrunch.

Apple’s full statement is as follows:

Earlier this year China’s MIIT [Ministry of Industry and Information Technology] announced that all developers offering VPNs must obtain a license from the government. We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations. These apps remain available in all other markets where they do business.

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: A statement of the obvious.

The Internet treats censorship as a malfunction and routes around it. — John Perry Barlow

FYI, as we’re located in the U.S., we use TunnelBear’s VPN service for our Macs, iPhones, and iPads (especially while using public Wi-Fi) which lets you choose from servers located around the world in 20+ countries. TunnelBear offers unlimited data for less than $4.17/month. Importantly, TunnelBear explicitly states, “No logging. TunnelBear does NOT log any activity of users connected to our service. Period.”

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    1. proXPN is another ‘Trust No One’ VPN with no logging.

      But could they log anyway? Eventually, logging would come out in a court case as evidence, wrecking a VPN’s reputation. That’s one dissuader from lying about it.

  1. ∑ = Rhetoric to hide the exact same problem: CENSORSHIP for the purpose of maintaining the FAILure that is totalitarianism in China: Criminal Nation. Oh and watch copy cat Russia: Criminal Nation pull the same today. Amoral capitalism capitulates and enables. Not a good idea.

    😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛 😛

  2. Corporate America decided long ago to do business with despots citing fiduciary responsibilities to shareholders. The point where the western world sold out on this was after Tiananmen Square- Poppy Bush decided to side with the ChiComs rather than those audacious enough to demand democratic reforms.

    As a shareholder and customer I would prefer they not do business in or with China or Russia if this is what they want to do.

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