Are VPNs Legal?
A VPN is the most common way of having an encrypted connection and a new IP address. Basically, it’s used to become invisible online. Naturally, this may be appealing to the ones who have intentions of doing something illegal. And it’s normal that you question id a VPN is legal or not.
Let’s make it very clear: Using a VPN is completely legal. Changing your IP address is a normal thing to do, and also legal. For example, many big corporations use a VPN to encrypt and protect their data.
What is not legal is when someone wants to use a VPN to do illegal activities, such as hacking, fraud, theft, etc… A VPN does not turn an illegal action into legal. It should go without saying, but what is illegal without a VPN is also illegal with a VPN.
Some countries restrict VPN use
Some countries took the step of banning VPNs completely, or limiting its use. This happens in authoritarian countries where the freedom of speech is very limited. In such places, hiding your identity is a crime and using a VPN can have huge fines, or even jail time. This happens in places like North Korea, China, UAE, Turkey and Russia.
It’s important to remember that Internet censorship is growing and making a VPN illegal is always a possibility. We don’t mean it’s going to happen for sure, but it’s good to have in mind that the present situation may lead to that.
Right now, we know that some ISPs are handling their user’s data to governments, because new laws are forcing them to do it. Remember that a good VPN will hide your activity from everyone, including your ISP.
We also know that a government agency of a country can demand user’s info to a VPN provider based on that same country. That’s why you should pay attention when choosing a VPN based in countries such as the USA. Make sure you use a VPN that doesn’t save your activity. If someone tries to monitor you, the VPN will keep them in the dark.