The Best VPN conducted an investigation that led to the result that 26 of the 117 most popular VPNs were secretly saving their users’ data- despite claiming differently on their websites. Not cool, right? But wait: it gets worse.
The Best VPN then took the investigation to the next level: Thanks to the new GDPR that is now enforceable, it was possible for the website to take a deeper look into how some of those VPN service providers use the collected user data; and it doesn’t look good. Especially free VPNs seem to sell their information to … well, anyone who wants them apparently.
According to The Best VPN the best known free VPNs with questionable practices are Hotspot Shield, Hola, and Betternet, all of which have several million users. A closer look reveals the following:
The list goes on and on, and if you are using a free VPN service you should definitely take a look at it.
In the end those shady practices make sense, in some kind of horrible and twisted way. Without any other possibility to make money – like a subscription fee – the providers need to find some other way in order to stay profitable. After all the servers they use to provide you their service do not come for free and in the end they are a business and want to make money. This does not make what they are doing better though and we would never condone such practices.
If you are willing to put up with your data being sold – go for it. We would never ever recommend it though. There are alternatives out there – even free ones if you can live with some limitations.