ExpressVPN had one of their servers seized in Turkey by the authorities who were investigating an assassination of an official in Ankara.
According to the Turkish authorities, some information about a police officer (their Gmail and Facebook) was deleted remotely by someone using the ExpressVPN service. The server that they had seized contained no logs and did not help with the investigation.
This is one of the rare cases where we get to see if a VPN is telling the truth when they assert that they do not keep any logs.
While it is unfortunate when a VPN acts as a roadblock to a genuine investigation, we also have to consider the enormous benefit that the public has by not allowing unfettered access to all of our internet traffic.
The threat of parties using our information for reasons outside of our own interests is far greater than the downside of authorities needing to conduct investigations with more traditional police-work. It is absolutely crucial that no-log services like these remain vigilant about protecting our privacy.
In a statement, ExpressVPN commented:
“While it’s unfortunate that security tools like VPNs can be abused for illicit purposes, they are critical for our safety and the preservation of our right to privacy online. ExpressVPN is fundamentally opposed to any efforts to install “backdoors” or attempts by governments to otherwise undermine such technologies.”