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This week, the government will try to ban internet services that block access to a rival’s service provider.
The move is aimed at a Chinese company that uses a virtual private network (VPN) to bypass Apple’s VPN.
It’s also the first time the government has targeted the VPN.
The government’s decision is the latest move to restrict the internet access of China’s largest internet service provider, Huawei.
Last month, the Chinese company was forced to stop its data transfer to a US company that also operates a VPN service.
Huawei is also the largest internet provider in the country.
The government is concerned that Huawei could try to circumvent the VPN and use it to gain access to sensitive government information.
In response to the announcement, Huawei said it had not seen the letter and would not comment.
Huawei’s chairman, Wang Lei, told the AP he was disappointed but that he had no other information.
Huawei was founded in 1994 and is the world’s third-largest provider of data protection and security services, according to the American tech industry trade group TechFreedom.
A spokeswoman for Huawei declined to comment on the government’s move.
Apple’s decision has triggered a backlash from the tech industry.
Google and Facebook also have taken steps to block VPNs.
“The government is trying to ban the use of VPNs because they may be used by China’s state-sponsored internet service providers,” said Nick Brown, executive director of the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network.
“If the government were to actually enforce the law and force companies to block these, they’d be in breach of the international treaty.”
“This is a blatant attack on internet freedom and privacy.
The internet is a universal platform for free speech and commerce, and blocking VPNs is an absolute travesty,” Brown said.
Australian telcos will not be forced to block access through VPNs and may only block the service of service providers who use them.
Australia’s telcos have argued that there is no evidence that VPNs are used by Chinese state-backed companies to access sensitive government data.