ExpressVPN Solidifies No Logs Policy
Oliver Bradshaw | Last Updated:
Technical VPN Analyst
In the wake of the latest VPN data breaches and DNS leak scandals, some VPN services have taken to their blogs and the press to voice their ongoing commitment to security. ExpressVPN took to their blog on March 27th to highlight that they keep no logs under any circumstance.
What are VPN Connection Logs?
A connection log is simply a record of a users connection. It includes both incoming and outgoing connection information from a VPN server. Some of the data kept within a log include:
- Your IP address
- The IP address of the VPN a user used to connect to websites
- Usage time information of when a user connects or disconnects from a VPN
A VPN provider who keeps logs would be able to utilise all of the information above to locate, track or find out browsing, purchasing history and download information of any user.
ExpressVPN has stated that their “systems were engineered to specifically to never possess VPN connection logs” and that their smartphone and computer programs have both been designed to prevent any type of sensitive data storage. By doing this, the company says that it is in no way able to comply with any party to hand over personal information about its customers, as the information simply does not exist.
Logged Data Uses
A connection log holds a fairly invasive amount of personal user data and ExpressVPN highlights that by not storing or collecting any of this data they are able to offer their users a far more private and anonymous experience.
Connection logs are valuable for marketing and other targeting purposes as the logs store enough information to allow thirds parties to track user movements as well as to target ads toward users and even analyse exactly how a user is using the internet. VPN services will often sell these logs to marketing and data firms as they are an additional source of income.
The main issue with the storage of user logs isn’t just marketing purposes though. If hackers or governments gain access to the data then users could have their data ransomed or be blackmailed.
ExpressVPN’s Data Collection
The service makes it clear that there are no traffic logs, destination logs, DNS records or any data content stored and that the only data stored is solely to ensure the VPN service runs optimally for users.
- Browsing history
- Traffic destination
- DNS queries
- Data content
- IP addresses
- Assigned IP addresses
Those concerned that ExpressVPN’s operating location may require them to keep logs will be relieved to know that the company is based in the British Virgin Islands, which doesn’t feature any data retention laws. This means ExpressVPN is legally allowed to retire any data users provide, making the service almost completely anonymous.
The US and UK also don’t require the British Virgin Islands to relay any information from companies based there, so ExpressVPN is not at risk of forced data releases.
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