If you read our previous article on what the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance is, you may be interested to understand further how this affects a Virtual Private Network (VPN) provider you choose or its VPN jurisdiction.
To briefly recap, the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance is an alliance of countries representing one global-surveillance conglomerate with the aim of collecting and sharing mass surveillance data of the countries’ citizens.
The list of 14 countries include:
With notable partner countries including:
All VPN providers need to have a fixed address and location to run their business in order to be able to provide service for their subscribers.
Where a VPN is located is important because the VPN service must operate in accordance with corporate and criminal laws which in force in their jurisdiction, and this includes any data retention laws that they may be subjected to.
Depending on the laws that your VPN is obliged to abide to, the country it operates out of governs its VPN jurisdiction, and hence, how much of your data is still being subjected to retention.
The whole point of using a Virtual Private Network for many is exactly like its name suggests, to stay private. A VPN service is meant for netizens to be able to retain their privacy browsing on the Internet, not for it to be some extra instrument for governments’ surveillance.
Because of the information sharing that goes on between the 14 Eyes countries and their partners, a VPN in these countries could very well face the governments of these countries asking for access to any customer data in obedience to the law. On top of that, those VPN providers could even be forced not to inform their customers about it! (This is where a warrant canary is important for your VPN)
(Read also: Why Your VPN Should Have a Warrant Canary)
As you can see, picking an offshore VPN because of its location is just as imperative as picking a VPN based on its features or price. If you are picking a VPN provider, it can be vital to choose a VPN which is based outside the FVEY countries.
Surprisingly, many of the popular VPNs you have heard of are actually based in one of the Five, Nine or Fourteen Eyes countries. Refer to this detailed VPN comparison chart by ThatOnePrivacySite to check which VPNs operate out of the FVEY.
For BolehVPN, the privacy of our subscribers will always be placed first. This reflects in our operations decisions to be incorporated in Seychelles.
Seychelles is a sovereign state in the Indian Ocean, an international privacy haven. Seychelles is a non-member to the 5/9/14 Eyes Alliance, thus BolehVPN can rest and surf easy knowing that their trusted VPN service is not required to log data within the Seychelles jurisdiction