David Spencer Archive

US raises China VPN ban with World Trade Organisation

The US Government has stepped into the debate about China’s proposed ban on VPNs after reporting the new policy to the World Trade Organisation (WTO). In a statement made to the WTO’s Services Council, the US representative claimed that the new rules appeared to create significant new

FTC advises VPN consumers to do their research

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is not the first place you would expect to be offering guidance on purchasing a VPN, especially given the US Government’s open hostility to online encryption. But that is what they have done in a blog posting on their official website.

Why Russia’s VPN ban has had no effect so far

VPN users in Russia were braced for big problems last November when a new law came into force requiring all anonymiser services to comply with state censorship laws or be blocked. The expectation was that this would lead to most international VPNs being quickly blocked in Russia.

Belgian court rules Facebook tracking of non-users illegal

Facebook’s reputation in Europe has taken another big knock this week as a Belgian court ruled that their policy of using cookies and social plug-ins to track non-users online activities was illegal. The ruling could cost the company US$125 million (€100 million) if it doesn’t change the