Hong Kong government starts blocking VPNs

Hong Kong flag and VPN concept

We originally covered a story in good faith from popular VPN provider Private Internet Access as did other publications in which they made claims their service was blocked in Hong Kong (see here).

Due to conflicting reports, we opted to retract our news coverage as to not inflame the delicate situation in Hong Kong.

Private Internet Access has now published an updated story in which they claim they have been able to unblock their service in Hong Kong (see here).

Although it appears VPN services are currently working in Hong Kong, we would encourage citizens (as we do with all countries) to consider their online privacy and take appropriate steps to secure it.

We stand with Hong Kong citizens in their quest for freedom and democracy.


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Author: David Spencer

Cyber-security & Technology Reporter, David, monitors everything going on in the privacy world. Fighting for a less restricted internet as a member of the VPNCompare team for over 7 years.

Away from writing, he enjoys reading and politics. He is currently learning Mandarin too... slowly.


  1. Please, this is fake news. I’m living in Hong Kong and I can confirm that all VPN protocols are working just fine like OpenVPN, L2TP and SSTP. I strongly recommend you to take down this post to prevent any collateral damage.

    • After careful consideration we have decided to remove the story. Please refer to the original story for further details.

    • And as a sidenote, the proposed Internet ban by Chief Executive Carrie Lam under the permission by the Emergency Law Ordinance has been rejected by other high ranked government officials due to its disruptive nature to Hong Kong’s economy and order.

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