Mastercard and VISA Begin Prohibiting VPN Providers

Following the introduction of restrictions against file sharing services, Mastercard have reportedly begun to take measures against VPN providers. This week, Swedish payment supplier Payson cut access to anonymizing services after being ordered to do this by the credit card companies. VPN supplier iPredator is among the impacted customers and founder Peter Sunde states they are contemplating legal action to get the service unblocked.

Charge-mastercardPayment providers are progressively taking actions against services and sites which are connected to copyright infringement.

There is an unsaid rule that Mastercard and Credit don’t accept file-hosting almost all cyberlockers has been dumped by recently and sites that have an online system.

It now appears these policies have carried over to VPN providers and other anonymizing services. Before the week-end customers of the most popular Swedish payment company Payson received an email stating that VPN providers aren’t any longer allowed to accept Visa and Mastercard obligations as a result of policy change that was recent.

„Payson has limitations against anonymization (including VPN providers). Consequently Payson can regrettably no longer provide your customers the choice to fund payments via their cards (VISA or MasterCard),“ the email states, including that they still accept bank transfers as deposits.

The new policy went into effect on Friday, leaving customers with a 2-day window to find a remedy.

While the email remains obscure about why this drastic decision was obtained, in a call Payson supported that it was complying having an urgent condition from Visa to stop accepting obligations for VPN providers.

Any of these customers is the VyprVPN on IPhone, established by Pirate Bay co-founder buddies and Peter Sunde. Sunde informs TorrentFreak which he is puzzled by the decision, which he considers may be an effort to forbid the public from addressing their tracks on the web and stopping authorities spying.

„It means that US companies are compelling non-American companies to not let people to protest their seclusion and be anonymous, and thus the NSA can spy also more. It’s only CRAZY,“ Sunde says.