Can Commercial VPNs Really Protect Your Privacy?

TechDirt - As Techdirt readers are no-doubt well aware, online surveillance laws are undergoing a major revamp across the western world. From Australia to the UK, law enforcement agencies are taking the opportunity to gain unprecedented powers over the data they can monitor, and are blaming the crackdown on everything from illegal file-sharing to terrorists. With western nations becoming increasingly hostile toward the concept of online anonymity, it's not unreasonable to suggest the use of commercial VPNs will likely gain more traction (indeed, there's already some evidence supporting this). But can VPNs really safeguard your privacy today and, in the future, what kind of protection can you expect with the legal landscape changing so rapidly?

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