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    VPN firms are removing servers in India to avoid customer data sharing rule

    NordVPN, one of the most popular VPN providers, is the latest to confirm that it will be removing its servers in India ahead of the nation enacting new strict guidelines later this month.

    The Lithuania-based firm, which counts General Catalyst and Novator among its backers and is valued at $1.6 billion, said on Tuesday that it does not maintain any logs of its customers? data, strings of information that New Delhi will soon require VPN providers to share.

    ?Moreover, we are committed to protecting the privacy of our customers. Therefore, we are no longer able to keep servers in India,? Laura Tyrylyte, head of public relations at NordVPN, told TechCrunch.

    ?Our Indian servers will remain until 26 June 2022. In order to ensure that our users are aware of this decision, we will send notifications with the full information via the NordVPN app starting 20 June. As digital privacy and security advocates, we are concerned about the possible effect this regulation may have on people?s data. From what it seems, the amount of stored private information will be drastically increased throughout hundreds or maybe thousands of different companies. It is hard to imagine that all, especially small and medium enterprises, will have the proper means to ensure the security of such data,? she added.

    The Indian Computer Emergency Response Team, the body appointed by the government to protect India?s information infrastructure, unveiled cybersecurity guidelines in late April that will require ?virtual private server (VPS) providers, cloud service providers, VPN service providers, virtual asset service providers, virtual asset exchange providers, custodian wallet providers and government organisations? to store customers? names, email addresses, IP addresses, know-your-customer records and financial transactions for a period of five years.

    The new rules go into effect June 27.
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    Interestingly, this affects people outside India the most. Those within the country have little use for local servers subject to local censorship.
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