Offshore VPN service: how they differ from traditional VPN services
Traditional VPN service that has their VPN servers located and operated in countries such as the USA and countries that participate in Five Eyes spy alliance (FVEY) – an intelligence alliance between USA, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand – are monitored and logs are kept due to data retention laws. Law enforcement can request logs of an individual’s online activity and the logs will often be handed over without the consumer being notified.
VPN service that is located and operated in any of these locations are bound to data retention laws and will keep a log of activity you do on the internet and applications that you use. Any VPN service that does not have their servers located and operated in any of the five countries participating in Five Eyes spy alliance (FVEY) can be considered an offshore VPN. This means that VPN service operating outside of these five countries are not bound to data retention laws that require ISP’s and VPN services to monitor and keep a log of your online activity.
Five Eyes countries added other 3rd party partner countries to their spying alliance. Nine Eyes countries are Five Eyes countries plus new countries Denmark, France, the Netherlands, Norway that have joined the Five Eyes intelligence alliance – bringing the spying alliance to Nine Eyes. The UKUSA Agreement network was extended to fourteen countries (SIGINT Seniors Europe aka SSEUR). SIGINT’s purpose is to exchange and share military signal intelligence data between members of the Fourteen Eyes spy alliance.
What Countries are in the Fourteen Eyes spy alliance
- United States
- United Kingdom
- New Zealand
As it turns out there could also be additional eyes in the Fourteen Eyes spy alliance. Israel, Japan, Singapore and South Korea could also have been part of or still could be part of the Fourteen Eyes spy alliance.
- Israel (Suspected – Reported observer for 5 Eyes)
- Japan (Suspected – Fibre optic tapping request)
- Singapore and South Korea (Confirmed in Snowden leak)
What are Offshore VPN’s?
Offshore VPNs are VPN servers that are not located and operated within the United States or any other country that participates in Five Eyes spy alliance this includes partner countries the Fourteen Eyes spy alliance. Offshore VPN services are not bound to data retention laws and will never store logs on your activity online. Offshore VPN providers often offer a wide range of payment options this includes paying with Cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero, ZCash and Dash this allows decentralized payments to be made without relying on any bank or third party. This allows consumers to send payments directly to the VPN provider without any third party involvement.
What is Five Eyes spy alliance and how does it affect VPN services?
“The “Five Eye” or sometimes abbreviated as “FVEY” is an intelligence alliance between USA, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. These countries are continuously spying on their citizens as well as on the rest of the world through data retention laws. Any VPN service located in these countries is bound to follow the data retention laws, thus will keep a record of every activity you do on the internet.”
What are the best Offshore VPN’s I can buy?
Hide.me is a Malaysian based IT Security Company that specialize in offshore VPN services. Hide.me respects your right to anonymity online they will only offer VPN servers that are not in any country that participles in Five Eyes spy alliance (FVEY), This helps Hide.me offer a safe, reliable and trustworthy VPN services as they are not bound to follow the data retention laws that are in place in the US and other countries participating in Five Eyes spy alliance. Hide.me chose Labuan, Malaysia to be their headquarter for Hide.me VPN.
Why choose Hide.me
- No Third Parties Involved
- No alliance or association with “Five Eyes” Countries
- Keep absolutely no record of our users’ online activities
- Low cost
- No Logs
- Fast offshore VPN servers
- Multi-platform support
- Anonymous payment methods including Bitcoin, Litecoin, Ethereum and Monero
Quote PureVPN – “Various United States agencies leverage the (voluntary) data retention practised by many U.S. commercial organizations like amazon through programs such as Prism and Muscular.”
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