From: Patently Apple

On Saturday Patently Apple posted a report titled “Apple Accused of Bowing to Chinese Government by Shutting Down VPN Service Apps.” The report covered ExpressVPN making it public that Apple sent them a letter notifying them that their app was being removed from the App Store because it included content that is illegal in China, which is not in compliance with the App Store Review Guidelines. Apple’s CEO has made it clear that they would follow the laws of the land that do business in. Today the Chinese Government made a formal statement to help clarify the VPN matter.

Today Zhang Feng, spokesman and general engineer of the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) stated that “China is tightening crackdowns on illegal internet connections, including unauthorized VPN (virtual private network) services, but the move will not affect legal users of authorized VPN technology that can help them bypass the country’s ‘Great Firewall.’ The statement was made at a recent press conference in response to questions about China’s VPN policy and business suspension of some VPN operators.

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