The objective of China government ban VPN connectivity goal to control over its national internet, free from undue foreign influence.
Action 1 – China Government Seeks Public Comments on the Cryptography Law (May 2017)
Action 2 – Telecommunication services providers includes China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom, to bar people from using personal VPN with effective Feb 2018. This is a mandatory action.
Action 3 – An official announcement of New cybersecurity regulation especially on Virtual Private Network connectivity (see below for reference) with effective on 1 June 2017.
Act: The state shall take measures to monitor, defend against and deal with cybersecurity risks and threats from both inside and outside the territory of the People’s Republic of China, protect critical information infrastructure from attack, intrusion, interference and damage, punish illegal criminal activities on the network in accordance with the law, and maintain cyberspace security and order.
Action 4 – Green VPN, a China-based VPN service mainly employed by native Chinese users to bypass the Great Firewall, has been shut down on Jul 2017.
Action 5 – Apple has removed VPN apps from China’s App Store
Action 6 – China moves to block internet VPNs from 2018
Current VPN activities in China
The latest crackdown is focused on individuals, which means companies and other organizations will still have the ability to access VPNs or VPN-like services as long as they are registered.
Great wall (China Firewall) responsibility
Denied internet connectivity to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram. The new blocked sources include the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, along with sites such as Google Scholar.
1. All internet users in China go online using services run by the state-owned carriers.
2. Forcing companies to store information within the mainland.
3. The government has ordered China’s three telecommunications companies to completely block access to virtual private networks, or VPNs, by February 2018. For those who requires VPN function, it require to apply the registration license.
Highlight – Major objective of new cyber security regulation
Forcing companies to store information within the mainland.
The electronic certification service vendor (approved by China government) list displayed below: