China Tells Carriers to Block Access to Personal VPNs by February

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China Tells Carriers to Block Access to Personal VPNs by February

July 10, 2017, 6:29 AM EDT July 10, 2017, 8:26 AM EDT
  • 2018 deadline to stop individuals from accessing global web
  • Tightening controls come amid Xi’s goal of “cyber-sovereignty”

China’s government has told telecommunications carriers to block individuals’ access to virtual private networks by Feb. 1, people familiar with the matter said, thereby shutting a major window to the global internet.

Beijing has ordered state-run telecommunications firms, which include China MobileChina Unicom and China Telecom, to bar people from using VPNs, services that skirt censorship restrictions by routing web traffic abroad, the people said, asking not to be identified talking about private government directives.

The clampdown will shutter one of the main ways in which people both local and foreign still manage to access the global…

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