VPN companies say they will quit India over new rules to store user data

India has more than 740 million Internet users but does not yet have a data protection law. PHOTO: AFP
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BANGALORE - International virtual private network (VPN) companies say they may have to pull out of India over new rules requiring them to collect extensive customer data.

On April 28, India's central cyber-security agency published a new directive mandating, among other things, that from June 27, all VPN providers, data centres and cloud service providers will be required to record a range of customer details.

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