NordVPN is also withdrawing from India after the country has introduced stricter data retention rules for VPN services. The company is going to shut down its servers in the country because it does not want to log user data for the Indian government.
NordVPN does not intend to meet the new law comply. The company tells TechCrunch that it does not keep any logs of its customers and that won’t do either† That’s why NordVPN will soon close its servers in India.
The servers will remain operational until June 26, after which all Indian servers will be closed. A day later, on June 27, the new rules in India will come into effect. ExpressVPN and Surfshark previously decided to close their servers in India. PIA also announced announced his departure from India earlier this week.
The Indian government wants VPN services to keep logs of their customers and keep them for 180 days. The company must also record usernames, email addresses, phone numbers, timestamps and user patterns and keep them for five years. The VPN services do not agree to this.
With the law, India says it wants to act against cybercrime. Companies must be able to provide data from their customers to the Indian Computer Emergency Response Team if requested.