The VPN-Provider “PIA - Private Internet Access” from the USA has again given in to the pressure US authorities and the German authorities VPNPlaces abandoned.
This amazed the last few days many of my readers, but can be justified with a few facts.
In your forum post PIA speaks of a court title that has meant that they had to take the German server from the network. (See forum entry PIA). However, this seems to be only part of the overall story, as previous PIA measures in the past have shown, the provider of authorities is easily blackmailed.
US-based VPNProviders must fully assist in monitoring the Internet, according to local laws.
The fact that “civil law claims by copyright firms” appear like criminal data and that these are also punished and prosecuted under this guise worldwide, leaves the pressure on them VPNProviders are growing rapidly.
If PrivateInternetAccess had not acted this time, it would have lost all payment methods such as PayPal, credit cards and other US-dominated payment options.
This would be the company's immediate economic collapse. If it were to pass on data from its own users to the extent that was requested, this would also lead to an immediate loss of trust on the part of the users. So you had the choice between “Kollera and the plague”. With this in mind, it was decided to use the German VPNJust close the server to avoid further inquiries and suspected copyright infringement.
PIA refuses to deny the cooperation!
But this case also shows that PIA will most likely work with the US authorities in other areas where there is no such simple solution. Since the company has refused to provide a statement about the scope and type of cooperation for years or at least, as others do, in the form of a "guarantee statement", this is also related to the possible claims for damages by users due to "false information".
PIA - Private Internet Access is in no way more than "safe from US government access".
The US authorities at PIA have also been hiring in the past VPN-Locations in Russia are likely to be responsible for many was already clear. Only by “calibrating” the facts and using the usual, well-known clichés about “protecting data security”, freedom of expression, etc., PIA has so far managed not to have to admit cooperation or pressure from the US authorities.