After ExpressVPN, Surfshark turned the second main digital non-public community (VPN) supplier to close down its servers in India in response to the nation’s new cybersecurity directive which requires VPNs to retailer person knowledge for a interval of 5 years. The corporate mentioned that VPN suppliers leaving India “isn’t good for its burgeoning IT sector”.
“In response to the brand new Indian knowledge regulation legal guidelines, Surfshark is shutting down its servers in India. The brand new legal guidelines require VPN suppliers to report and preserve clients’ logs for 180 days in addition to acquire and preserve extreme buyer knowledge for 5 years,” the corporate mentioned in a weblog publish on Tuesday. “Surfshark proudly operates beneath a strict ‘no logs’ coverage, so such new necessities go in opposition to the core ethos of the corporate”.
Previous to Surfshark, ExpressVPN removed its servers from India following the cybersecurity directive launched by the Indian Laptop Emergency Response Group (CERT-In). This might not be the final one, as at the very least another VPN supplier in NordVPN too is considering eradicating its India servers.
Surfshark mentioned its bodily servers in India might be shut down earlier than the brand new legislation comes into energy on June 27. After the foundations kick in, the corporate will introduce “digital” Indian servers, which might be bodily situated in Singapore and London. “Customers in India who don’t use Indian servers won’t discover any variations – they are going to nonetheless be capable of connect with whichever server exterior the nation they please,” it mentioned.
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“VPN suppliers leaving India isn’t good for its burgeoning IT sector. Surfshark’s knowledge exhibits that since 2004, the yr knowledge breaches turned widespread, 14.9B accounts have been leaked and a putting 254.9M of them belong to customers from India,” the corporate mentioned.
Surfshark is predicated out of the Netherlands and, as of April 2022, had over 3,200 servers in additional than 65 nations