VPN Pulls Out Of Russia Due To New Data Retention Laws

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The Russian Government has passed a new law that mandates that every provider must log all Russian internet traffic for up to a year, and as a result VPN provider Private Internet Access (PIA) has immediately discontinued its Russian gateways and will no longer be doing business in the region.

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PIA believes that it was due to the enforcement regime surrounding this new law that some of its Russian servers were recently seized by Russian Authorities, without notice or any type of due process. "We think it's because we are the most outspoken and only verified no-log VPN provider," PIA said in a statement.

Since PIA doesn't log any traffic or session data no data has been compromised and users remain private and secure.

For preventative reasons, PIA is rotating all of its certificates and updating client applications with improved security measures. Manual configurations will also now support the strongest new encryption algorithms including AES-256, SHA-256, and RSA-4096, PIA says.

If you are using the service, you will need to update your desktop client at and the Android App at Google Play. Manual openvpn configurations users will also need to download the new config files from the client download page.

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