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Use VPN regularly? This parliamentary panel thinks you’re a cyber criminal and wants to ban it forever

The VPN ban was recommended by a Parliamentary Standing Committee to the IT Ministry which didn’t provide a direct answer.

You are reading it here first: Terming it as a ‘technological challenge’ that allegedly allows ‘criminals to remain anonymous online’, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs urged the Indian government to block virtual private networks (VPN).  This comes months after the Indian government liberalised the usage of VPN for Other Service Providers (OSP) in a bid to facilitate work-from-home for the tech industry. As of date, VPN can easily be downloaded, as many websites are providing such facilities and advertising them. The Committee, therefore, recommends that the Ministry of Home Affairs should coordinate with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology to identify and permanently block such VPNs with the help of internet service providers.  — The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs These are the other points that the committee made regarding the usage of VPNs — VPNs allow…

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