VyprVPN is an online security service developed by Golden Frog, a company dedicated to the idea of a free Internet, with high security for all users. The company was a response to the infamous Room 641a used by the NSA to conduct surveillance on AT&T’s networks. After the government ignored legal complaints regarding this activity, Golden Frog decided to launch VyprVPN in an attempt to preserve Internet security and respect for user privacy.
This blog will focus on the blogging policy of VyprVPN and the legislative framework dictated by its location, as well as the location of the parent company.
VyprVPN is registered in Switzerland, which is a prime location for VPN services. Switzerland is located within the free European zone, meaning it is exempt from any mandatory retention laws. Furthermore, solid privacy laws are in power in the country, including the Swiss Federal Data Protection Ordinance and the Swiss Federal Data Protection Act. Also, the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland ruled against the usage of IP addresses without the interested parties knowing about it.
We do have one concern regarding VyprVPN’s security, though. Namely, its parent company Golden Frog is partially based in the US. This is a troubling fact since, under FISA and the Patriot Act, companies registered in the US can be enforced to hand over user information regardless of where the data is stored. VyprVPN claims that it is perfectly capable of guaranteeing user safety, but this fact makes us sincerely doubt that statement.
Luckily for us, Golden Frog doesn’t keep the notorious data logs, so it shouldn’t have any relevant information to hand over even if compelled to do so by the government. On the other hand, it does store traffic data for 30 days, which is basically something every VPN service does. Golden Frog logs your IP address session timestamps, the amount of bandwidth used, and similar data.
To clarify things, VyprVPN won’t keep logs of the sites you visit, the apps you use or your actions while online, which is excellent news since this is the kind of data you want to keep anonymous. This way, US agencies won’t be able to monitor your actions even if they compel the company to give away your personal browsing data.