New Study Says Majority of Free VPNs Now Based in China
A new study published this week by Metric Labs showed that around 60 percent of free mobile VPN apps on Google Play and Apple Play Store are Chinese-owned or have developers based in China.
Simon Migliano, the firm’s head of research, said that he analyzed the top 20 free VPN apps that appear in searches for VPN apps on both mobile app stores, for both the US and UK locales. He found that 17 of the 30 apps had formal links to China, either being a legally registered Chinese entity or by having Chinese ownership. Furthermore, most of the free VPN apps had little-to-no formal privacy protections and non-existent user support.