Many VPN providers are located strategically in countries where the Internet is friendly and there are not data retention laws. Nowadays, prior to selecting a VPN service, users should look at where is the provider is headquartered and what laws does that country have in regards to data retention. Many users avoid VPN services that are based in the US and here's why they do this:
1. US Based VPNs Can Hand-Over User Data To Authorities
The StoredCommunications Act states that any ISP or VPN provider that retains any type of data about its customers need to hand it over on a court order from a law enforcement agency. This means that if the VPN provider stores your personal information, internet activities, or your IP address then it can hand them over to the authorities when they demand it.
2. VPN Services Located In US Don’t Support Torrent Downloads
The Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) criminalizes all acts that infringe a copyright material or even an attempt to bypass the copyright material. Through this act, if a VPN provider receives a valid complaint from a copyright holder about any infringement, the provider may threaten to terminate the users' services completely.
In addition to this, lawyers may even demand the VPN provider to identify the person in order to prosecute him. Even though these actions require a court order which is easily accessible, many providers try to avoid the time and money on such situations and just comply with the authorities. Furthermore, many US based VPN apps don’t support the use of torrents or P2P file sharing services.
3. US-Based VPNs Keep Logs
A VPN provider keeping logs is the most dangerous thing for any user as it may hand it over to the authorities even if they say they won't. The providers began to cooperate with authorities after LimeWire was sued for stirring up infringement on its platform. Since then, most VPN providers prefer to remain in the authorities good books by keeping logs and cooperating wherever needed.
4. Scandals Like NSA Backdoor Aren't Forgotten Overnight
Back when Edward Snowden leaked the secrets about National Security Agency (NSA) and how it had been keeping any eye on millions of people, took the world by storm. Many users found it hard to believe but it hiked the online privacy fear among them.
NSA is part of the US government and there is no guarantee that the VPNs that are based in the US have not already given the firm a backdoor to its services. Having backdoors would give NSA complete access to look at real-time data of users. If this has not already happened then there is a good chance it may very soon and to avoid this, it's best not to opt for a US based provider.
5. Using US Dedicated IP a Blessing or Transgression Compared to Shared IP
Users can always choose between a dedicated IP or a shared IP if the VPN provider offers. For the VPNs based in the US, a shared IP has an upper hand as when it is given a Takedown Notice, it can always state that due to shared IPs, it can't identify one user from the other. However, a dedicated IP that offers higher speed and much more may directly lead the authorities to your location if the provider hand over your information to the authorities on any notice.
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