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China tightens Great Firewall by declaring unauthorised VPN services illegal
Beijing has launched a 14-month nationwide campaign against unauthorised internet connections, including virtual private network (VPN) services, which allow users to bypass the country’s infamous “Great Firewall”.
A notice released by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology on Sunday said that all special cable and VPN services on the mainland needed to obtain prior government approval – a move making most VPN service providers illegal.
The “clean-up” of the nation’s internet connections would start immediately and run until March 31, 2018, the notice said.