Proton VPN service is leaving India for the same reasons as Nord and Express VPN services. Here are all the details.
Proton VPN has left the Indian shores for the same reasons as those that shut down servers in India a few months ago. The new law requires VPN services to log user data and the logic defies the whole point of VPN services as they are all about maintaining privacy. Proton VPN says it wants to maintain the highest standard of data privacy and security, and as a result, it makes sure the company shuts down its local server and relies on a virtual solution.
In April 2022, India’s Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) announced a new rule requiring all virtual private network (VPN), data centers and cloud service providers in India to provide “comprehensive and accurate” data from their users for five years.” , says Proton VPN in an official statement.
Proton VPN closes servers in India
As the law goes into effect on September 25, 2022, the Indian servers will be taken out of service. However, that doesn’t mean that Indian users can’t enjoy Proton’s VPN service.
“If you connect to Proton VPN from India, you don’t have to worry about anything. Connect to a Proton VPN server for uncensored and log-free access to the Internet. If you want an Indian IP address, connect to one of our India Smart Routing servers,” says Proton.
As part of this law, the Government of India requires all Indian VPN providers and data centers to log the following data:
– User’s full name, physical address, email, and phone number
– The IP address used to register for the VPN
– The IP addresses you use to connect to VPN servers in India
– List of all IP address issues for each customer
– The reason for using a VPN
Prior to this, a number of other VPN operators have shut down their Indian servers for the same reasons and opted to offer the service through the virtual route option.
Recently, there was a government report considering a new law that would allow the interception of encrypted text and calls on internet apps such as WhatsApp and Signal.