Chinese Government: No VPN Ban!
Great news people, the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has released a statement denying that they’ll be implementing a VPN ban in February 2018…but don’t get too excited just yet.
In a statement released by the state run news outlet, Paper.cn, the Ministry denied Bloomberg’s report, claiming: “what Western media reported is not true,” and “that the ministry is the only entity qualified to speak on this matter.”
Despite their denial however, the ministry did confirm that they “are still working on measures that can be used to regulate VPN services.” They also stress that under the new regulations, foreign companies or individuals will not have permission to foreign VPN services, suggesting Astrill and Express VPN users still may find themselves walled in before the end of the “internet clean-up” operation by March 2018.
The Ministry’s denial comes two days after Bloomberg Technology released a widely circulated story that claimed industry insiders had revealed that Beijing would be implementing a ban on personal VPNs by early 2018.
Interestingly, the Cyberspace Administration of China, the definitive body for internet regulation within China, has yet to release a statement confirming or denying the upcoming introduction of VPN regulations. We’ll keep you posted once they decide to speak up.