The Amnesty International human rights organization published a comment about acceptance of the law forbidding use of Proxy Avoidance and VPN in Russian Federation.
Apple CEO Tim Cook on Tuesday defended his company's decision to stop offering special apps that let Chinese users circumvent the country's internet restrictions. Apple's decision to remove availability of VPN apps was criticized as supportive of the Chinese government's censorship drive.
"Sinnet is responsible for ensuring that its customers in China comply with local laws and their notice was meant to remind customers of their obligations", an Amazon spokeswoman said via email.
We believe in engaging with governments even when we disagree.
"We have been required to remove some VPN apps in China that do not meet the new regulations", the company said in a statement.
The move by Apple is another setback for internet users in China who are rapidly finding that their options for bypassing China's Great Firewall are diminishing. But he said other options remain available for the time being.
Political commentators say the ruling Chinese Communist Party leadership is keen to ensure total control over what China's 731 million internet users can see online, ahead of a crucial political meeting later in the year.
"In the case of the USA, the law in the USA supported us".
Beijing has become increasingly emboldened in pushing America's internet giants to follow its local internet laws, which forbid unregistered censorship-evasion software.
"Banning the "unauthorized" use of basic Internet security tools makes Russian Federation both less safe and less free", Snowden, who continues to reside in Russian Federation, wrote on his Twitter feed.
The government has been intent on tightening controls domestically as well.
Cook added Apple is hopeful that the restrictions are loosened over time, "because innovation really requires freedom to collaborate and communicate, and I know that that is a major focus there". New proposed laws, which have drawn complaints of protectionism from American politicians, further restrict the companies from using their own brand and call for them to terminate and report any behavior that violates China's laws. Both countries have laws forcing companies that provide cloud services within their borders to store customer data domestically rather than internationally. "We view Internet access-and unrestricted Internet access-as a human rights issue and will continue to fight for a free and open Internet".
Over the weekend, Apple removed several VPN apps from the Chinese App Store, causing significant amounts of blowback from privacy experts as well as VPN operators.