- The Chinese government has ordered the country’s telecommunication firms to block all access to personal VPNs by February 2018.
- This closes a major loophole in China’s censored internet, and will made it even harder for individuals, especially expats, from accessing popular web services like Google and Facebook.
- It’s unclear how this new order affects corporations, but they will soon be able to lease lines from the government to access the unfiltered internet.
Why it matters:
- This move may impact international businesses the most. Past efforts to curtail VPN usage have made corporations think twice about expanding their activities in China.
- It may further entrench the advantage of Chinese companies in the local market, as their international competitors could become even harder to access.
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