Ap­ple re­moves ‘un­reg­u­lated’ VPN ser­vices from China store

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS -

Ap­ple Inc said on Sun­day that it is re­mov­ing some un­reg­u­lated VPN ser­vices from its App Store in China, as the coun­try moves to “clean cy­berspace.”

“We have re­ceived a re­quest to re­move the VPN ser­vices that do not com­ply with the laws and reg­u­la­tions in China,” read a Sun­day state­ment from the com­pany, news site thep­a­per.cn re­ported.

The state­ment added that the un­reg­u­lated apps are be­ing re­moved in the com­pany’s China App Store while their oper­a­tions in other mar­kets re­main un­af­fected.

Also on Sun­day, many VPN ser­vice providers based in China said they have re­ceived a no­tice from Ap­ple to re­move their ser­vice, tech news site 36kr.com re­ported.

China’s cy­ber reg­u­la­tor an­nounced on Tues­day that its reg­u­la­tion on VPNs is­sued in Jan­uary would not af­fect the le­gal oper­a­tions of com­pa­nies and in­di­vid­u­als.

Zhang Feng, spokesper­son of the Min­istry of In­dus­try and In­for­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy (MIIT), said at a press con­fer­ence on Tues­day that to bet­ter reg­u­late the In­ter­net mar­ket, the MIIT is­sued a reg­u­la­tion in Jan­uary to re­move busi­nesses which had set up or rented VPNs to carry out cross-bor­der oper­a­tions but failed to get the re­quired ap­proval or cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

Zhang stressed that some for­eign com­pa­nies or multi­na­tional en­ter­prises who need to use VPN for busi­ness pur­poses can rent spe­cial lines from telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion oper­a­tors that legally pro­vide such ser­vices, and that the reg­u­la­tion will not af­fect their nor­mal oper­a­tions.

In re­sponse to ques­tions about the ap­proval stan­dards, Zhang said at the con­fer­ence that all ba­sic telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion oper­a­tions, in­clud­ing VPN ser­vices, re­quire gov­ern­ment ap­proval.

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