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VPN usage in UK???


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#1 AOG_UK

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Posted 18 June 2017 - 09:05 AM

Why do some UK websites seem to think using a VPN is wrong to use?

I hear on the net their is at least 1 UK based forum that seems to ban people from using VPN's whilst logged on?

What is so wrong with people hiding there presence on the internet??


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Posted 19 June 2017 - 05:04 PM

I suspect avoiding the  "TV tax" is partially related...

 

Thou shalt not watch videos on the internet without paying a special "Luxurious TV tax", in order that all. especially refugees, might have substandard healthcare....for free......

 

Someone must pay for the free stuff! :)


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#3 Chris Cosgrove

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 05:18 PM

At the present the main site in question is the BBC. I cannot remember exactly when but the law was changed about 12 - 18 months ago to make it mandatory to have a TV licence to watch the BBC iPlayer, at least you have to click a button saying 'Yes, I have a licence'. Then about six months ago they added software to the iPlayer to block VPNs.

 

This is ironic because the biggest users of iPlayer via VPNs were ex-pats who were trying to watch some UK TV from foreign parts, using VPNs to get round the geoblocking features of iPlayer. Ironic because there have been surveys showing that many of these ex-pats would cheerfully pay a subscription to watch iPlayer.

 

As far as I know, the BBC is at present the only site doing this.

 

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Posted 22 June 2017 - 11:00 AM

I'm not going to be doing anything dodgy I just don't like some sites knowing where I am or when I log on.






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