VPN jurisdiction is a tricky subject with several facets and several definitions. This article tries to break down each element with the aim of helping intermediate readers understand what it is all about. Nevertheless, the big question is, will VPN jurisdiction affect you the VPN user, and the answer is: Probably not, but it is best to know what is going on before you sign up for VPN.
Servers In Countries, Blocked Websites in Countries, and Banned VPN Services
This article is going to explain how VPN companies have servers in different countries, which means you can access websites in other countries. It will explain how some VPN services allow you to view websites that are blocked in your own country. And it explains how some VPN service websites are blocked in some countries. There are several definitions in play, but just like all the articles in AdvisorKnock, this article will break it down into easily digestible sections.
VPN Services in Different Countries
When people on websites like VPNCoffee talk about VPN jurisdiction, they are sometimes talking about the countries where the VPN services have servers.
VPN works by connecting your computer/device with a VPN server. The great thing is that the server you use doesn’t have to be in your country. For example, if there is a website that can only be accessed by people in Japan, then you can access a VPN server in Japan and see that Japanese website the same as if you lived there.
When VPN services talk about their jurisdiction, they may be talking about the VPN servers they own, and which countries have their VPN servers available.
VPN Services In Your Own Country
A VPN service may be allowed to operate in some countries and not others. It is a bit like how the USA has 7-11 stores, but the rest of the world doesn’t. There are many VPN companies that only offer services in certain countries. Those countries could be called .
Blocked Websites in Certain Countries
Let’s say that you are living in the USA right now. There are certain torrent sharing websites that are blocked by your Internet service providers, and certain gambling websites that are blocked by your Internet service provider.
A VPN may have a certain jurisdiction in your country, and with its servers both abroad and local, where they are allowed to access the websites that your Internet service provider will not allow you to access. This may be what your VPN service is talking about when they mention their jurisdiction.
Banned VPN Services
There are certain countries that do not allow VPN services, and certain countries where only a select few VPN services are allowed. When news sites mention VPN jurisdiction, they may be referring to VPN companies and the countries they are banned from, or countries they are allowed to operate within.
Take the United Kingdom for example, if you go online looking for VPN services, you will find around 30 popular ones and tens of smaller VPN services. However, in China, if you go online looking for VPN services, you will find that all VPN websites are blocked. Signing up for a VPN is almost impossible in places like China. When news sites talk about VPN jurisdiction, they may be talking about this form of VPN banning and blocking. For example, in this case, one may say that a certain VPN company has jurisdiction in the USA, but not in China.
VPN Jurisdiction Relating Directly To the User
As you can tell by this article, there are several ways in which people may talk about VPN jurisdiction, and there are seemingly several definitions for VPN jurisdiction. However, these all relate to the VPN companies themselves. There are times when people talk about VPN jurisdiction and are referring to the VPN user.
For example, when you are using VPN and you access a server in Greece, but you want to access one in Canada, and your VPN doesn’t let you. Someone may say that you, the user, do not have VPN jurisdiction in Canada.
VPN Headquarter Locations
This one is a little confusing for both readers, and online experts who often seem to have it confused a little. The idea is that if your VPN headquarters is in certain countries, you then have more freedom.
For example, some countries do not ban VPN services, but they insist that VPN services keep logs of what their users visit. Some people think that if a VPN company has its headquarters in that country, then they have to collect information on all their users from all different countries. ON a similar note, people think that if a VPN service is headquartered in a country with no laws, then they can impart that freedom on the rest of their VPN customers. This is only half true.
The fact is that VPN services have to abide by every single law in every country they operate in. The difference is that in most cases they can only be prosecuted in their own country, so obviously a VPN company is not going to set up shop in a country where VPN services are banned.
Even if a VPN company is found offering services to people in countries where VPN is banned, it is the citizen of the country that gets fined/prosecuted. There is a lot of talk about VPN services setting up headquarters in 5-eyes nations, and 9-eyes nations, and so forth, but the short and tall of it is that VPN companies have less of a headache with customers if they set up their headquarters in countries where privacy laws are not so strict.