Beijing Says Multinationals Need Not Fear VPN Crackdown

By Yang Ge

(Beijing) — China’s new crackdown on unlicensed virtual network providers (VPNs) is aimed at parties engaged in unauthorized cross-border online activity and shouldn’t affect international companies using legal channels, the nation’s telecom regulator said.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) announced the crackdown on its website on Sunday, outlawing dozens of popular VPN services that help web surfers get around China’s blockage of sites that address sensitive topics. Such services enable access to blocked sites by routing requests that originate from the Chinese mainland through servers located elsewhere.

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