Joe Cannatacispecial rapporteur on the right to privacy for the UN, told that he is troubled by both Russia and China’s decisions to impose VPN restrictions:

“I am deeply concerned by decisions such as those by Russia and China to block off VPNs since these are mostly used by normal people who wish to access and exchange information in private. This proposed action by Russia and China is prima facie neither necessary nor proportionate in a democratic society and I plan to attempt to engage with both countries about such matters.

“If they wish to monitor the activities of individuals who may genuinely threaten state security or who are perpetrators of serious crimes then there are other, more proportionate, technological means to do so. No state should be permitted to lay down such a blanket intrusion on the privacy of its citizens.”

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