Apple pulls VPNs from the App Store as Russian Federation bans them completely

Apple pulls VPNs from the App Store as Russian Federation bans them completely

ExpressVPN, a major service provider, said that it received a notification from Apple on Saturday saying that its software will be removed because "it includes content that is illegal in China". Apple insists that the move came in response to new Chinese cybersecurity rules, though the company insisted the Chinese government has no access to user data.

In a statement released by Apple on Sunday, July 30, a spokesperson confirmed that they will remove apps which do not comply with the law from China App Store.

Developers of VPNs aren't just anxious about their ban in China only since Russian Federation, meanwhile, has also made a decision to get all VPN and proxy servers blocked, according to the law documented and signed by the President Vladimir Putin. Apple is in an awkward position in China because it's torn between wanting to support user privacy and needing government approval to sell to the lucrative Chinese market.

However, some VPN apps are still available in China's app store and some plan to fight against the ban by filing an appeal with Apple. The law will take effect on November 1. Last January, China began to more strictly enforce existing regulations that require internet services to obtain licenses. VPN services allow Chinese citizens to bypass government's restrictions on internet usage and access uncensored websites and content.

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Many popular internet sites are blocked for users of the state network in China - Google, YouTube and more.

China is Apple's third-largest market, behind North America and Europe and the company has been struggling there in recent quarters. Meanwhile, Apple's sales in China-not growth, but actual sales revenue-dropped 14 percent in the most recent quarter's earnings measured year over year. The service lock-in to Apple hardware just isn't the same in China. China is one of the company's biggest markets, with more iPhone owners there than in the United States. Earlier this month, the company announced plans to begin storing its Chinese users' data on servers run by a Chinese government-controlled company, The Australian reports. Apple could be concerned that it might receive the same fate if it gains the ire of China's government. The country has already restricted several China based providers and is now eying the overseas services to further tighten control over the information super highway.

Apple might better serve its customers and democracy worldwide by taking a principled political stance in opposition to China's regulations on the grounds of human rights.

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