US Senators Demand Probe of Foreign VPNs Over Spying Risk
The approach can prevent an ISP from snooping on what websites you like to visit. But on the flip side, you're effectively pushing your internet traffic to a server under someone else's control. That has Wyden and Rubio concerned. Foreign govenments that want to spy on US government employees could compel local VPN providers to hand over their servers, the two warned in their letter.
"If US intelligence experts believe Beijing and Moscow are leveraging Chinese and Russian-made technology to surveil Americans, surely DHS should also be concerned about Americans sending their web browsing data directly to China and Russia," the letter adds.
PCMag has reviewed many VPN services—some are based in the US, while others are based in places such as Panama, Canada, or Seychelles, meaning they operate outside of US legal jurisdiction. But knowing this information can give you a good idea about whether your VPN provider will ever need to hand over data to a local government.