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How Long Before VPNs Become Illegal?

Across the world initiatives are appearing with an aim to increase Internet monitoring. In the U.S. file-sharers will soon be monitored and reported on behalf of the MPAA and RIAA, and in the UK there are plans to monitor and store all Internet communications. Countering this increased surveillance people are turning en masse to VPN services to ensure their privacy. This begs the question; how long before VPNs become illegal?

In the coming decade there will be an avalanche of initiatives to regulate and monitor the Internet.

The freedom, privacy and relative anonymity that people experience today will only be short-lived if the copyright lobby and intelligence agencies have their way.

In the U.S. there is CISPA, a bill that would put an end to people’s privacy on the Internet by allowing companies to spy on Internet users. Despite fierce opposition from the online community, the bill was approved by the House of Representatives in April.

Another example of increased monitoring in the US is the “six-strikes” anti-piracy agreement, in which alleged ‘pirates’ will be tracked down and punished as part of an agreement ISPs signed with the MPAA and RIAA.

In the U.K. there are similar developments. Not only are there plans to monitor and warn file-sharers, a draft of the ‘Communications Data Bill’ that was posted yesterday shows that the U.K. government wants to monitor and store the Internet activity of its citizens.

A scary prospect for many, but as always there are plenty of ways to circumvent these spying efforts.


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Doesn't matter.

Developers work at a much faster rate than politicians, which is why they'll never win.

I remember IRC MP3 channels being born, then Kazaa, Napster, eventually Torrent, now VPN networks, TOR, Free-Net and lots of others. By the time they make VPN's illegal, if they ever manage it, something far better will be stable and widespread.

Their goal of controlling the internet is like trying to tell an ocean to calm down.. it doesn't work. Governments and corporations can produce as much writing on as many pages as they want - we're still not going to listen to them.