State Repression

VPN Users Risk 20-Year Jail Sentences in the US Under New RESTRICT Act

28 March 2023, 10:00 GMT+0000

Updated by Ali M.

30 March 2023, 09:10 GMT+0000

In Brief
  • The ‘TikTok Ban Bill’ targets more than just social media.
  • The state would be able to police all communication platforms.
  • VPNs would be included with violators facing up to $1M in fines.
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A bill dubbed the ‘RESTRICT’ act that was submitted to Congress could have severe consequences for virtual private network (VPN) users in the United States.

U.S. lawmakers are widening their sights when it comes to cracking down on finance and technology.

The bipartisan “Restricting the Emergence of Security Threats that Risk Information and Communications Technology (RESTRICT)” act was unveiled in early March.

It was initially dubbed the “TikTok Ban Bill,” but it has far wider ramifications. Furthermore, VPN users could face hefty fines or jail sentences under the bill.

Communications and VPN Tech Targeted

People often legitimately use VPN (virtual private network) services to add an extra layer of security for web communications. Furthermore, they allow users to mask or change their internet address. Accessing content that may otherwise be blocked or censored is often required.


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