In a disturbing trend, yet another country has instituted a law loaded up with stringent rules regarding data retention, and we’re a little concerned about what the leader of this country will do with such power in his hands
Russia Institutes Data Retention Law
Data retention laws are troubling no matter where they occur. Not only are they inherently invasive – allowing governments to monitor the online and text communications of their civilians, supposedly in the name of security – they’re incredibly impractical, placing an untenable strain on Telecom companies which are required to store metadata between users for years at a time. The equipment alone places a huge financial burden on the companies, potentially driving them out of business.
So it was disappointing when Australia instituted their data retention laws, equally so when Germany followed suit, but we shudder to think what kind of human rights violations will take place now that such a powerful law is signed into place in Russia.
Per The Wall Street Journal, “…critics say they are designed to cow Kremlin opponents into silence ahead of parliamentary elections this fall.” Not only is this data retention law every bit as invasive as its Australian and Russian counterparts, it features sections that make punishment for speech deemed “an incitement to hatred or a violation of human dignity” considerably harsher. Russian President Vladimir Putin not only seems intent on documenting his political enemies every last communication, but intent on imprisoning them for dissent.
Using VPNs to Combat Data Retention Laws
So our advice for those living with snooping governments looking over their shoulders as they text and email is the same as it ever was: get yourself subscribed to a VPN service provider.
The benefits of having a VPN on your side (preferably one supported by an open source FlashRouter) are too numerous to mention, but if you’re living in a country with draconian data retention laws, a VPN is particularly useful for giving you the online privacy you deserve. When you login to your VPN, all of your online data is tunneled through encrypted servers that VPN service providers set up all over the world.
This means that your emails and other assorted sensitive pieces of online data are near impossible to trace. We still recommend using discretion when it comes to texts if you’re in a data retention heavy country, but at the very least a VPN will make your online experience considerably more secure. You’ll even be able to use your VPN to bypass geo-restricted websites, which can be particularly necessary for people living in countries with repressive governments , which threaten to shut down.
Best VPN to Bypass Russian Data Retention Laws: NordVPN
When looking for a VPN to use in Russia, one must do a bit of research before investing into a VPN, as very popular VPN services such as Private Internet Access have discontinued their Russian gateways and will no longer be doing business in the region.
NordVPN, an increasingly popular service, thanks to their double data encryption feature (A.K.A. Double VPN), will be reacting to Russia’s new data retention laws in the opposite manner of PIA, by introducing additional security measures to ensure no Internet users are left behind.
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