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Sunny Skies to Stay; Government Denies Reports of VPN Ban

Following reports emerging in media all over the world over the past two days claiming China was to put an end to VPN use once and for all, the State has taken the surprising move of issuing a quick rebuttal.

The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology made the announcement yesterday afternoon that, “Our subordinate Secretary did not issue the relevant notice, as was falsely reported by foreign media”.

The statement has been published through official Chinese media, and therefore in this case, there can be little doubt that it is true.

The false reports, and yesterday’s denial, made specific mention of VPN use by individuals. For many in China, VPNs are a quick and easy way to access sites such as Facebook and YouTube, yet the bulk of VPN traffic in China is large scale corporate use, by firms requiring secure data storage and protection during, for example, transfer to and from abroad.

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