• Due to a government order, NordVPN and Private Internet Access are removing physical VPN servers in India

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    Due to a government order, NordVPN and Private Internet Access are removing physical VPN servers in India

    Digital Desk: ExpressVPN and Surfshark previously announced that they would be pulling servers from India. NordVPN has no plans to build virtual servers for accessing Indian content.

    As a result of the government's ruling, NordVPN and Private Internet Access (PIA) are planning to remove their physical virtual private network (VPN) servers in India later this month. The ruling aims to require VPN service providers to store and record logs for up to five years. The announcement comes only days after VPN companies Surfshark and ExpressVPN revealed plans to remove India-based VPN servers in response to the mandate.

    NordVPN's Head of Public Relations, Laura Tyrylyte, told Gadgets 360 that the company opted to pull its physical servers out of India on June 26 in order to comply with an order issued by India's Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) in late April. The official decree is scheduled to take effect on June 28.

    Starting June 20, the Panama-based VPN service provider will send notifications via the NordVPN app informing users "with full detail" about the upgrade, according to a spokeswoman.

    Unlike other VPN service providers who are planning to replace their physical servers in the country with virtual servers with Indian IP addresses in response to the order, NordVPN said it would not build virtual servers and would continue to use a fully dedicated infrastructure.

    "Our server architecture includes no-logging features, which are at the heart of our values and standards. Furthermore, we are dedicated to safeguarding our clients' privacy. As a result, we can no longer maintain servers in India "According to the spokeswoman.

    According to NordVPN, the government's directive requiring VPN service providers, as well as data centres, virtual private server (VPS) providers, and cloud service providers, to register and maintain accurate information about their users for five years or longer, may have a "possible effect" on people's data.

    The move, according to the business, could "dramatically expand" the quantity of private data maintained "across hundreds, if not thousands, of different companies" in the country.