Privacy on the internet will be harder than ever to maintain in China and Russia after the two nations severely restricted the use of virtual private networks within their borders.

China has instituted regulations that require all VPN apps used within its borders to be registered with the government. Russia went even further in July when it announced a ban on the use of VPNs and other anonymizing technology starting Nov. 1.

These countries argue that the rules are aimed at rooting out lawlessness on the internet.

But the bans also impact international trade, as Apple has been forced to remove VPN apps that violate China’s VPN registration requirement from its App Store.

This slide show covers the implications of the VPN bans around the world.

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