Last Updated: November 20, 2021
MOSCOW (Reuters) – The Russian consumer watchdog Roskomnadzor officially banned the use of VyprVPN and Opera VPN services in the state on Thursday, labelling them as dangers in a statement.
According to the watchdog, the services can be used to access illegal data, and only firms that use them in “nonstop technological systems” would be allowed to do so in the future.
(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; Writing by Olzhas Auyezov; editing by David Evans)
“On June 17, 2021, prohibitions on using VyprVPN and Opera VPN services will be established concerning risks of evading restrictions on access to child pornography, suicidal, pro-drug, and other forbidden content.” regulator stated.
As to the watchdog, the restrictions will have no impact on the operations of Russian firms that use VPN services in ongoing procedures.
“Over 200 procedures from 130 Russian firms have been placed in ‘white lists,'” according to the authorities. Lists will be immediately updated if new requests from firms are received, it added.
Knowing the potential misuse of VPNs and some of the hidden VPN customers that use a virtual private network for extremely illegal activities, it is no surprise for such an outcome by the Russian consumer watchdog (Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology and Mass Media).