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    Russia Bans Anonymous Web Browsing With VPNs

    There’s nowhere to hide. A law banning anonymous browsing via proxy services has gone into effect as the Russian government steps up efforts to bring the internet under its control. VPNs are massively popular there, used to spoof foreign IP addresses and bypass web censors. But under new rules, VPN providers must register with the state media watchdog and block access to its list of censored sites: Those that don’t comply will be banned. Meanwhile, China has employed similar oversight and has forced Apple’s App Store to remove some VPN software.

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