After rejecting the Indian government's new cyber security guidelines, NordVPN to shut down its servers in India by June 26

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After rejecting the Indian government's new cyber security guidelines, NordVPN to shut down its servers in India by June 26
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  • NordVPN will be shutting down its operations in India by June 26.
  • NordVPN becomes the third VPN service provider to exit India citing cybersecurity directives from CERT-In.
  • Earlier, ExpressVPN and SurfShark VPN service providers shut down their services in India.
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NordVPN, one of the most popular VPN service providers confirms that it will be shutting down its servers in India due to the local government’s new VPN guidelines that make it mandatory for VPN providers to record the personal information of users including names, phone numbers, email, IP address, financial transaction and more for a period of five years.

On Tuesday, the company spokesperson, Laura Tyrylyte confirmed that they are removing its servers on June 26. The company stated that with the new rules NordVPN won’t be able to guarantee privacy for its users. By June 20, NordVPN users will start receiving notifications about the shutdown within the app.

After ExpressVPN and SurfShark, NordVPN becomes the third VPN service provider to exit India ahead cybersecurity directive from Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In).

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The public relation head of NordVPN, Laura Tyrylyte said, “We adhere to strict privacy policies, which means we don’t collect or store customer data. No-logging features are embedded in our server architecture and are at the core of our principles and standards.” Moreover, she emphasised that the company is committed to protecting the privacy of customers, therefore, discontinuing operations in India.

The Indian government appoints the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-IN) to protect the country’s information infrastructure. CERT-In unveiled cybersecurity guidelines back in April stating that VPN providers, cloud service providers, and virtual asset service providers have to store customers' name, IP addresses, and email addresses. Also, they have to keep track of financial transactions made by users during the time of service.

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The new directive gets into effect from June 27 onwards.

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