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VPN providers undeterred by minister’s ultimatum to comply or leave India

Many popular VPNs had made it clear that they will not comply.

"The government has very clearly said repeatedly on all issues relating to rule-making: there is no opportunity for somebody to say, we will not follow the laws and rules of India. If you don't have the logs, start maintaining the logs. If you're a VPN that wants to hide and be anonymous about those who use VPNs and you don't want to go by these rules, then if you want to pull out (from the country), frankly, that is the only opportunity you have. You have to pull out," the Minister of State for Electronics and Information Technology Rajeev Chandrasekhar said on May 18 while releasing the FAQs document on the new cybersecurity directive. Chandrasekhar's comments come after VPN providers objected to the cybersecurity directive's requirement to maintain detailed information on customers such as their names, contact details, the purpose of usage, IP address, etc. Many of the popular VPN providers made it clear that they will not comply with the new privacy-invasive directions either because it is technically not feasible for them to or because they will pull out of the country to avoid compliance. Windscribe even criticised the rules for being more stringent than those of “dictatorships” like China and Russia. "You have an obligation to know who's using your VPN infrastructure, who's using your cloud, who's using a data centre. Why do you have an obligation to know it? If there is a detected cyber incident or cyber breach from one of the people using your VPN or your cloud…

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