How can any USA or UK or European VPN be anonymous?

Vincent Weberink March 24, 2013

All of these countries have data retention and data protection laws. No director of USK, UK or European company will risk jail to stop a court order from obtaining data. Even if a vpn service claims it doesnt log, should the FBI demand that it do log, it will in 5 minutes. There is no privacy on any server in these countries. Only off shore VPNs where the servers are managed off shore have the ability to ignore court orders.

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  2. Oron Joffe
    March 25, 2013 at 2:56 pm

    VPN servers may (or may not) record the IP addresses they communicated with, but they do not log the content of the their connection. If there were only a small number of connections on a VPN server and the nodes it connects to (the client and the server at the destination) then one might be able to stitch together a picture of who is connecting to what, when etc, but with a vast number of connections on the internet this would be very difficult, verging on the impossible. Law enforcement authorities would need to know *exactly* what they are looking for before making a request, and then *at best* they'd be able to show that you made contact with a particular server at a given time, not what the connection was.

  3. Jan Fritsch
    March 24, 2013 at 10:27 pm

    As for Europe data retention only covers the time, date, IP and subscriber. It doesn't include any data or activity performed. Data protection actually helps in the way that no entity (other than you and the VPN provider) is allowed to monitor the activities performed over the secure connection. So at best they can proof that you used the VPN service at a given time and date.

  4. Bruce Epper
    March 24, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    Tha majority of laws regarding data retention and protection of server logs in the US that I have read tend to be written so they apply primarily to large data networks such as ISPs, major corporations, and network providers. A small company that is only providing VPN services in most cases does not fall into any of these categories, so if their servers are configured to not log VPN access and activity, there is not currently a risk of jail time for the owners/operators. If the masses allow CISPA and other related legislation to go through as these morons in Congress attempt to shove it down our throats again, this situation will change, but until then it is fairly safe ground to tread.