Company Private Internet Access (PIA) VPN provider that allows users to anonymously visit the web page and bypass blocking of sites, announced the withdrawal of the Russian market. Representatives of the service explained its decision by the fact that in Russia adopted the law on mandatory storage providers, correspondence and customer traffic within six months. This is the first company announced the termination of work in Russia because of the new law.
President Vladimir Putin signed a package of “anti-terrorist” laws, prepared by the Deputy Irina Yarovaya and Senator Viktor Ozerov, in early July. In particular, the document establishes new requirements, “the organizers of information dissemination on the Internet (they can be recognized as any online resources): up to six months emails and downloaded by users of data and information on the facts of the connection; decode their messages without a court order to transfer the FSB “keys” to the encrypted traffic. The document will come into force in 2018.
The company also said that some of its servers in the country were seized “by the Russian authorities without any notification or legal procedures.” In this regard, the service has decided to close their gateways in Russia and ceased to do business in the country. While PIA does not log traffic customers, and information about their online sessions, so the data security of its clients are not violated, the report says.
The representative of PIA did not respond to a request RBC.
The company is Private Internet Access — one of the largest VPN providers, which offers users more than 3 thousand servers in 18 countries, said on its website. The headquarters of the company is located in the US, is managed through the London firm Trust Media Inc. The service provides users an anonymous IP address through which they may, in particular, to circumvent the blocking.