UAE may impose excessive penalties for using VPN

UAE may impose excessive penalties for using VPN. (Virtual Private Network)

A new law gives the UAE the opportunity to anyone who is caught using a secure VPN connection to impose mega fines up to 545.00 USD, and even prison sentence is possible. Foreign visitors can get problems using VPN to access the company network to read mail.

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VPN allows users to connect to private networks around the world and hide their exact locations and connections through proxy servers. These services make it very easy for users to introduce filters regarding their physical location. It's pretty easy for someone in India to access content in America. VPN prevents the content to be blocked based on the present location, something that every YouTube user regularly experiences abroad, seeing the message "This content is not available in your country.". VPN is seen by businesses as a secure method to enable employees to connect to the corporate network via public Internet networks while maintaining the confidentiality of the data.

At this time, a large number of people who live in the VEA use a VPN connection to gain access to VoIP (Voice over IP) services like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Viber. The VOIP services are standard not available in these countries. The VPN connection makes it possible for them to make free calls over the Internet.

The United Arab Emirates has introduced new laws to curb the use of these VoIP apps and so things back to the local telecom companies. Apps like WhatsApp, Snapchat and Viber have taken a major bite out of the profits of the telecom companies. Etisalat and Du are the only two companies in the world that have permits from the UAE government to provide commercial VoIP services.


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