Denver, CO, July 14th 2020 — Effective immediately, Private Internet Access (PIA) is wiping and shutting down our VPN servers located in Hong Kong in response to the new Chinese national security law foisted by fiat on Hong Kong. Private Internet Access, the world’s leading no log VPN service, is removing its physical Hong Kong servers because new national security laws in the region endanger the privacy of our users and all Hong Kong residents. China’s new national security law allows law enforcement to seize servers located in Hong Kong without a warrant and otherwise execute warrantless interception of communications. Private Internet Access users will soon be able to connect to a new Hong Kong exit gateway – this is possible thanks to the use of geo-located servers in another country so that our users can continue to access a Hong Kong IP address but through servers located in countries with more favorable laws regarding privacy. This isn’t the first time that Private Internet Access has taken a stand against oppressive laws and it won’t be the last – PIA will not operate servers in locations that have enacted anti-privacy internet laws or proven to not follow the rule of law. Our commitment to privacy is why PIA has previously removed servers in Brazil , South Korea , and Russia .
The Hong Kong VPN exit node will return as a geo-located region.
Chris Miller, the Chief Marketing Officer of Private Internet Access, said:
Even if anyone were to seize PIA servers, there would be no privacy breach. Private Internet Access’s strict no logging policy means that users can rest assured that their internet activity is private. Miller said:
“It’s important to note that we aren’t blocking users from these regions, just removing physical servers – so internet users can continue to have the privacy they need now more than ever.”
“Our commitment always has been and always will be to the privacy and security of our users. This is our promise and we are standing by it.”