Amazon’s Chinese Partner Instructs Customers to Stop Using Unauthorized VPNs

Published By : 03 Aug 2017 | Published By : QYRESEARCH

Beijing Sinnet Technology, a Chinese partner of Amazon.com, the worldwide e-commerce enterprise, has told the customers to stop the usage of illegal virtual private networks (VPNs) that permit users to evade internet censorship. The instruction has come right after the removal of VPN apps from Apple’s Chinese app store over the weekend, amidst the government crackdown against the usage of these VPNs to bypass the alleged “Great Firewall” that keeps a check over the access to overseas websites.

The Chinese government implemented laws that ban those VPNs, which are not approved by the regulators in January 2017, stating that the policies and rules that govern cyberspace should imitate the real-world border controls and the Internet should be subject to the laws same as sovereign states. A staff member at Beijing Sinnet Technology, the operator of Amazon Web Services (AWS) in China stated that if the company discovers customers applying unapproved VPNs, it will shut down the services. “This is in agreement with the directives from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology of China,” he added, referring to the authority that oversees the usage of VPNs. An employee of AWS, China, has also told that the directives had come from the MIIT.

Amazon.com told the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) that Sinnet is responsible for ensuring the compliance with the local laws by the customers in China. The Chinese government has recently shut down a number of China-based VPN vendors and has been aiming at various overseas services as it is tightening control over the Internet, before a Communist Party congress to be held later this year.

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