VPN.h will block BitTorrent traffic and track IP addresses on its servers in the United States. They do this to settle a lawsuit brought against them by a group of independent filmmakers. VPN.h says users are still safe simply because the company will no longer use their servers in the US.
Film studios vs Popcorn Time
The lawsuit against VPN.h was filed by a group of film producers. VPNs are sometimes used by people to download torrents anonymously. There is little that can be done for a VPN provider, as long as you want to protect the privacy of your users. In this case, things went awry when VPN.h actively recommended the Popcorn Time app. This app is full of illegally obtained movies. VPN.h boasted that one of their IP addresses had been used to share the movies over Popcorn Time. This went down the wrong way with film producers.
Put under pressure
Prosecutors managed to get through the courts to freeze the PayPal account of the company above VPN.ht, Wicked Technology Limited. This increased the pressure considerably. Ultimately, the two parties came to an agreement because Wicked Technology agreed to far-reaching adjustments.
To satisfy the film producers, VPN.ht will block BitTorrent for users on their servers in the US. It does not matter whether it concerns the downloading of legal or illegal material. In addition, they will keep IP address logs connected to their US servers. Not only that, when a movie producer requests it, data from a VPN user can be passed on when they illegally download one of their movies.
The privacy of VPN.ht
This sounds like every VPN user’s nightmare. People use a VPN to ensure their online privacy and increase their online security. When choosing a good VPN provider, a solid no-log policy is therefore essential.
To settle the lawsuit, VPN.h had to give in to the film producers. Yet they do not intend to leave their customers out in the cold. For example, they indicate that they do not intend to share information with their users. Because the promised measures only apply to their servers in the US, the company has decided to simply stop using servers in the US. This way they can still stick to their no-log policy.
It is of course not ideal for VPN.ht users. Because there will soon be no more American servers available, users can no longer take an American IP address via the VPN to watch the American version of Netflix, for example.
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