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UPDATE: YOU Broadband’s terms of service prohibit VPNs with powerful encryption

YOU Broadband, India's fifth largest wireline Internet provider, has prohibited VPNs with powerful encryption in its fine print. A previous version of this was first pointed out by a user on reddit. This is what it said: The Customer shall not take any steps including adopting any encryption system that prevents or in any way hinders the Company from maintaining a log of the Customer or maintaining or having access to copies of all packages/data originating from the Customer. UPDATE (06/07): YOU Broadband has changed that condition after this story came out, to narrowly address VPNs and encryption: The Customer may use VPN and encryption up to the bit length permitted by the Department of Telecommunications. https://twitter.com/youbroadband/status/882539226775957504 A large portion of content on the Internet is served encrypted these days, with many sites being served over secure HTTPS connections. This makes the content…

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