CyberGhost VPN Sees Decline in Requests for User Data

CyberGhost has seen a decline in the number of take down requests it has received from governments, law enforcement, and law firms.

The Romanian company, behind CyberGhost VPN which says it keeps no logs, has published its annual transparency report for 2015, which highlights take down requests it receives as well as malicious activity detected on its network.

The number of DMCA requests received by the company fell 21 percent compared with 2014 while the number of police requests fell by 24 percent, averaging six requests a month. This comes despite the user base growing to 7.5 million.

On the flip side, CyberGhost has seen a huge spike in the amount of malicious activity it has seen on its network, jumping 310 percent from last year. In 2014, it recorded an average of 99 reported malicious activities a month. In 2015, that average was 407. The company also points out that many major security and anti-virus firms reported similar levels of activity in the same time frame. CyberGhost didn’t provide details on what this malicious activity entailed.


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The full report, available here, also provides a breakdown of requests and activity in several countries like the US, UK, Germany and countries employing high levels of Internet censorship like Turkey and Pakistan.

Requests for data serve as evidence that people are being watched and data is stored by ISPs, said the company in its announcement.

“Interestingly, censorship, governmental web filtering measures and mass surveillance reports have also influenced the usage of VPN. Whether democratic or nondemocratic countries, various legislation changes affect the online experience of users. We are thrilled to show how politics influences privacy and encourages actions to encrypt communications and anonymize the online presence”, said Robert Knapp, CEO of CyberGhost.

“We believe that tech companies and industry leaders should address the privacy issue on a regular basis and take all the possible measures to protect the privacy of their users.”