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13 Aug 2017


Amazon China partner, Sinnet tells user to stop using illegal VPNs

"Amazon China partner tells user to stop using illegal VPNs", 2 Aug 2017

...The instruction comes after Apple Inc removed VPN services from its Chinese app store over the weekend, amid a government crackdown on their use to dodge restrictions on access to overseas websites..."If we discover (clients using unapproved VPNs), we will shut down services," said a member of staff at Beijing Sinnet Technology Co Ltd, which operates Amazon's cloud business, Amazon Web Services (AWS), in China. "We have asked clients to check all illegal cross-border businesses," said the person, adding the company was acting on government instructions...

An Amazon Web Services spokesman said that to comply with Chinese laws and regulations, the firm had to operate in China through local partners such as Sinnet. Sinnet's notice was "intended to remind customers of their obligations," he said...It has also requested internet network providers to high-end hotel chains - rare locations where users could access otherwise blocked sites - to stop recommending and helping to install VPNs...