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Where is VPN illegal? The law and VPNs

Countries where they are not explicitly prohibited

  1. China
  2. Iran
  3. United Arab Emirates
  4. Russia

Usage of a VPN is strictly prohibited (illegal)

  1. Belarus is a republic in Europe.
  2. North Korea is a country in North Korea.
  3. Iraq is a republic in the Middle East
  4. Turkmenistan is a country in Central Asia.

Gray Area VPN Use

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In China, for example, it is illegal for companies to use a VPN without a license, and it is also illegal for businesses to have VPNs without a license.


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Only VPNs licensed by the government are permitted to be used in Russia.


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Only VPNs authorised by the government are authorized to be used in Iran.


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If you are found to have a false IP address in the United Arab Emirates, you may be fined or detained.


Since the laws regulating VPN usage are still in their early stages of development, they can be viewed in a number of ways. VPN use is normally allowed if you are based in North America or Western Europe. In certain nations, using a VPN is a bit of a grey field.

things to note

The laws of the nation you live in, or the rules of the state where your VPN’s server and company headquarters are based, may have an effect on the operation of your VPN. This is due to the fact that the rules of a given nation can influence how you and different businesses are able to use VPN technologies.

Based on the location in which a VPN service is based, it could be required by law to maintain records of your internet use. They can keep track of the purchases as well. This ensures that even though you’ve been using a VPN, the data is already being processed and can be used for purposes you don’t agree with in the future.

Often read the fine print of your VPN’s Terms of Service to avoid this. A Proxy server can wax lyrical about having the most safe internet browsing experience possible, but it’s easier to be sure than to take their advice for it.

If you live in a country where the law on VPN use is vague, even if you aren’t accessing content that is prohibited or illegal, the act of using a VPN could get you in a lot of trouble.

Furthermore, a decent rule of thumb is to use a paying VPN rather than a free one. While many free VPNs will adjust your geolocation, few have adequate data protection, and data logging is popular, with businesses often selling your information to third parties.