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China's Internet Privacy Clampdown

Beijing says it will block all VPNs - the software commonly used to circumvent the country's online censors - by the end of this month.

Beijing says it will block all VPNs - the software commonly used to circumvent the country's online censors - by the end of this month.

Manuela Saragosa asks whether it's even technologically possible to stop tech companies from tunnelling through the "Great Firewall of China", enabling people located on the mainland to access forbidden websites such as Google, Facebook or most Western media. The programme features Ben Van Pelt, founder of the VPN firm Torguard, as well as Tadas Plonis of the Shanghai-based file sharing company Nihao Cloud.

Plus, tech journalist Dell Cameron explains why he does not trust Facebook's "Onavo Protect" VPN service to protect his privacy.

Producer: Laurence Knight

(Picture: Chinese woman uses her smartphone an night in front of a city skyline; Credit: Wenjie Dong/Getty Images)

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