Vpn Logging Claims Tested By FBI

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Compatible with all popular desktop and mobile operating systems. A Gigabit port is provided, ensuring the fastest speeds possible. All the usage data is anonymous and not connected to your real, public IP address. I don't even think that it works that way in the US. The Gentlemen who posted was spot on. We have a right to privacy online and that means if we want to use a VPN the government should not be able to force VPN providers to turn over or provide records.

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It can be easily installed and used. As for availability of servers, Private Internet Access has exactly 3, in 28 countries. There are no logs. There is no identifying information that can be collected, regardless of the amount of force applied. In conclusion, online privacy is a big deal these days, and users are starting to come around the idea. Your email address will not be published. You may use these HTML tags and attributes: Time limit is exhausted. Please enter your username or email address.

You will receive a link to create a new password via email. Ali is a freelance journalist with 5 years of experience in web journalism and marketing. He contributes to various online publications. But hypothetical statements that seem like they are made for purely legal reasons don't really constitute proof. To my knowledge that has never happened because PIA gave up their info. Paranoia in this vein seems totally counterproductive to me unless you are really engaging in behavior that you maybe shouldn't be.

In terms of practical ways to anonymize your internet usage, VPNs are at the top of my list. They often aren't as slow and prone to blacklisting as Tor and give you many of the same benefits.

Regardless, you need to trust someone Whether that is a company like PIA or tor node operators, you still need trust. Paranoia like this just prevents ordinary people from taking steps to take their privacy seriously.

Hypotheticals don't count as proof that they log. Come back with someone who was raided because of them. And paranoia about this often seems like fear-mongering to prevent ordinary people from taking their privacy into their own hands. If you are conducting serious hacking or something serious enough that a nation state is motivated to really target you, you should probably rely on more than just a VPN.

That said, they are probably safe and secure for Until this happens I'll continue to feel safe. I only use it for torrenting and getting around geoblocking, if they were going to break their "no-logging" claim I hardly think I'd be at the top of their list of people to "give up" to the authorities. Again, not really true to say that "police are regularly advised" to use parallel construction.

I'm not saying it hasn't happened, but it's a very small exception to the rule. Not to mention it has very questionable legality and can get your case tossed if it's discovered. It's use is also under investigation by the DOJ.

Besides, parallel construction, i believe, was used in cases that got their tips from dragnet surveillance programs , not from private companies. If the information is acquired through an NSL, that might be different for public exposure, but the government wouldn't have any incentive to keep that source secret from the judge.

So it seems like we are talking about two different things - if they were raided because of an NSL, we wouldn't know about it because of gag orders; if parallel construction was used, it would be to prevent discussion of the legality of the means of collection of that evidence from a judge.

Or you scare people away from services that could protect their privacy with hypothetical scenarios for which there exist far greater arguments against than for. This type of shit always reminds me of the Snowden leaks about how the GCHQ have social media units that manipulate public opinion to their favor. I assume that half of the fear mongering around VPNs comes from these groups that are dedicated to undermining trust in platforms that make surveillance harder.

This type of paranoia can and should operate both ways. I think VPNs benefit far more than they risk, so the way I trust falls more in line with that experience. This really doesn't make sense to me. PIA is a US company. They therefore operate within completely different legal landscapes. HMA worked within the confines of UK law and therefore kept logs to be inline with their mandatory data retention policies. When the government came for that information, they had to give what they had.

The US doesn't have laws like that, which makes their legal considerations very different. They are legally required to give the information that they have on you that fits with a subpoena, but if they keep none, they have no info that complies with the court order.

They therefore operate legally by complying with the subpoena while also not giving up information that they don't keep.

I must say, the title is quite misleading. So their covering their ass legally, by saying legally they will turn over information which means that they keep records. No, I don't think you get it.

Language in their terms of service doesn't constitute proof of logging. So they put this in there and say that you can't use their services to break the law. If you break the law, they will comply with law enforcement if they are compelled to.

But since there are no mandatory data retention laws in the US, if they don't keep the information, they don't have anything to hand over. On the one hand they can't be prosecuted for providing a service that openly infringes copyright law etc. On the other, since they are not legally required to keep logs, they protect their users by not keeping any information that LE would benefit from. So I would characterize this as a loophole. I'm talking about a power regime underpinned by the government being the largest purchaser of 0-day exploits.

Here you are focusing on their legal authority to compel information, but why do that when it's expensive, slow, and unreliable compared to just exploiting your computer? Again, I'll say that using a VPN is totally fine for If not, most VPN services are totally fine for you. Most people give themselves away. Keep in mind too that there is a cost-benefit trade-off involved in any LEA investigation. If you are torrenting, you are not important enough to get into a protracted legal battle with PIA over user information -- something that PIA has promised to do for any LEA requests that require them to subvert their anonymity promises.

If you are conducting high-level espionage against government targets, the government might be willing to put that effort in and PIA might not be able to stop it. This is just to say that your threat model is important when considering your exposure to government power. The link you provided says no such thing. Here's all of the parts your link quotes. Please tell me which part you think is indicative that they are logging anything:.

You agree to comply with all applicable laws and regulations in connection with use of this service. You must also agree that you nor any other user that you have provided access to will not engage in any of the following activities: Uploading, possessing, receiving, transporting, or distributing any copyrighted, trademark, or patented content which you do not own or lack written consent or a license from the copyright owner.

Accessing data, systems or networks including attempts to probe scan or test for vulnerabilities of a system or network or to breach security or authentication measures without written consent from the owner of the system or network. Failure to comply with the present Terms of Service constitutes a material breach of the Agreement, and may result in one or more of these following actions: It doesn't say they are trying to catch you, or that they log anything.

All I wanted to point out here is you are calling them out incorrectly. You must also agree that you nor any other user that you have provided access to will not engage in any of the following activities:.

That being said, PrivateInternetAccess. However, before investigating any report of copyright infringement, we require the copyright owner or its authorized agent to give us a valid and complete DMCA takedown notices if you wish to report what you believe is infringing activity by a third party using PrivateInternetAccess. If you are unsure as to whether content on the PrivateInternetAccess. Please deliver your notices to PrivateInternetAccess. Pursuant to 17 U.

If a notice lacks any of the aforementioned necessary elements, it may be deemed an invalid notice and PrivateInternetAccess. Please be aware that pursuant to 17 U. They state they will not participate with any request that is unconstitutional. Guess what folks a subpoena from LE is constitutional and they will comply.

Yeah, that's often stated by staff as the reason they don't log. Which is why they don't log to begin with. If PIA responded to it immediately, they could view the patterns of traffic going into the shared IP address and determine the connection that is seeding something -- all without viewing the content of that connection or logging any connection details.

They could then rotate their IP address assignments to connect that user to another shared IP address -- all without identifying, logging, or breaching the privacy of the user.

The copyright holder now has to figure out the new IP address, inform PIA that someone is seeding something from such and such an IP address and that they need to take that down. And we start the process again. This becomes a case of whack-a-mole that complies with the law, but also doesn't require logging of any kind. This example is a bit moot because PIA automatically rotates IP address on a fairly regular schedule and routes p2p traffic to exit points where torrenting is legal Toronto, Netherlands.

But still, this is how they can comply with legal standards without logging information. Like we've said before, if there are no logs, there is nothing to share. PIA limits their legal liability by not keeping any information. If they did have it, they would have to give it over. I've used mullvad since the beginning mostly because the overwhelming support of PIA seemed suspicious to me.

However, let's ignore that and believe that there is some magical way of changing the IP for a specific user without knowing who the user is. Oh but it's legal to download copyrighted material in the Netherlands! Oh, wait, no it's not. They can keep your username, e-mail address, IP you used to register and use to access their service, the IP you obtain from their service , content you visit The bold content is something they are legally obliged to keep as to not get closed down as an illegal operation.

Additionally, I would like to point out to something very lovely which is "public shared IP's" which all of you PIA lovers get, imagine one of you get's and IP from a heavy abuser e. Lucky for you PIA does not keep any logs huh?

It's awesome if the IP gets tracked to you because of lack of the logs you will get pressed for charges because that is logical and how businesses operate. Last point, if someone says I will hand over information if you fuck up and we also abide by the U.

Metadata is far more powerful than most people realize