Legal Aspects of Using VPN
VPN general information
Today, VPN (Virtual private Network) is widely used as a tool that help protect privacy when browsing the Internet and sharing various types of sensitive and confidential information. VPN is a kind of technology, which connects you to a server other than the one provided by your ISP and encrypts the connection.
To set up a VPN connection and bypass the ISP’s server, you sign up with a VPN platform, such as BroVPN, and download the software on your device. Now you can connect to another user’s device, which is subscribed to the platform and on which the software is installed. BroVPN has thousands of subscribers around the world. Once you have connected to the device (now a VPN server), the software builds an encrypted channel between your and the server.
The encrypted traffic, which travels between your and the other device, looks like gibberish to prying eyes. It can be decrypted by a key, which only the two devices have. Your actual IP address is no longer visible for websites, which you visit: now they see the VPN server’s address only. Second, you are not going to stick with just one server: your connection will be switched between different servers. As long as we operate in Russia, France, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, Finland, and the USA, you can connect to servers located in any of these countries and view content without limits, geo-blocks and bans.
Who can use BroVPN legally
This VPN service is always there to help you bypass censorship and provide a sufficient level of confidentiality and privacy. We ensure free and easy access to any websites or portals, which are not available in your location. Finally, the technology solves privacy and confidentiality problems for those who use public WiFi networks. We take great care that our service is used by persons, who have legal rights to use it, such as:
- Regular users, as well as bloggers, reporters and authors striving to secure their materials against prying eyes (intruders, governmental authorities, security services, etc.) and protect their intellectual property.
- Users, who would like to watch streaming videos, which are geo-restricted and therefore not available in their home countries, can connect to servers located in countries, where these videos are available. They will appear to these websites as local residents.
- Businesses, banking organizations, governmental institutions, military and security services seeking to protect corporate, copyrighted, financial, and classified information against hacking, theft and unsanctioned access.
Things to be considered prior to using a VPN
VPN services operate in different countries, but they have to comply with their legislations. So should users. Laws differ greatly from nation to nation, and what one is free to do in one country can be strictly prohibited in another. Therefore, every user, prior to connecting, one must be sure that he or she is not violating any law or regulation by doing so.
Even if you are in a country, where VPNs are treated in the most democratic way imaginable (for example, Switzerland), you must note: using a VPN service is legal until you use it in a legal way. In other words, you must be sure that you are not infringing on anyone’s rights, and your activities are not going to entail material, moral or any other sort of damage.
Some countries have restricted or outlawed the use of VPN services. For example, Russia has accepted an act, which, although does not ban VPNs completely, strictly regulates access to certain websites. Particularly, it is very repressive to users trying to access content that Russian law considers illegal. Also, VPN networks are obliged to store users’ personal data for a long time and share it with security or governmental authorities upon their request.
China has banned most VPN services. The Chinese law does allow VPN networks to operate providing that they obtain a governmental license. However, the license terms and conditions are draconian, so few networks can afford to follow them and operate in the country.
Other nations, where VPNs are completely banned or heavily restricted, include Belarus, Iraq, Turkey, Oman, Iran, North Korea, the United Arab Emirates.
Things to be considered when using BroVPN
BroVPN is one of the few networks, which has a plan with quite a spectrum of free services and takes great care to prevent your data from falling into third parties’ hands. We do not log your data and do not sell it to third parties. However, there are things, which you should know:
- Although we do not share your private information with anyone (except some specific cases), we do see it. This information includes data, which you enter when registering with us (also via social media) your name, nickname, email, home address, telephone numbers, logins, passwords, contact information, contact lists, cookies, etc.
- We store this information in order to stay in touch with you for as long as you use our service and help you solve any issues in less than no time. Also, this information will help us provide you with updates, send you marketing offers, or when we need to do a statistical or analytical research.
- We reserve the right to disclose this information with trusted and affiliated service providers or partners to enable those to provide services for you. Also, we share your personal information in cases whereby there are grounds to suspect that you have used or are using our service for illegal purposes; when we need to protect someone’s legal rights and confidential information, prevent the consequence of illegal use of our services, cooperate with judicial bodies and authorities to ensure proper conduct of proceedings as may be required by the law or an order; reveal and prevent any scam activities and breach of our policies.
For more details, please, check our Confidentiality Policy and End User License Agreement and be sure to comply with these as you use our network.
BroVPN is there to help you overcome all restrictions in a legal way and provide high-speed Internet connection. We offer two plans: the Free Plan and the Premium plan. The former provides servers located in just one country, provides an integrated portal and is intended for personal use only. The Premium plan is well suited for a broader range of uses, covers all seven countries and provides a dedicated portal.