I suspect many people will be questioning the terms and conditions of their VPN service after revelations that the supposedly non-existent logs of one provider were used to track an alleged criminal.
The case of Ryan S Lin from Massachusetts is one that could have broad impact. Apparently, the FBI were able to catch Lin after using logs from his VPN provider, PureVPN.
As many Lifehacker readers have noted, one of the main use-cases for using a VPN is to ensure the privacy of your communications. And most people choose a VPN service because they don’t log their traffic.
If guilty, Lin’s crimes deserve to be punished. He is accused of being a relentless cyber-stalker who stole personal information and engaged in doxing his victims.
But if service providers we trust aren’t sticking to their own promises then it’s hard to know who to trust.
If you’re using PureVPN, will this cause you to shift to another provider?