Andy Yen, founder of Proton Technologies, in an open letter accused Apple of standing “in the way of human rights” due to its refusal to update the ProtonVPN iOS app that comes amid unrest in Myanmar.
9to5mac said, “We have received a statement from Apple on this issue, and it appears that Proton has done more work than it has, including choosing to delay the approved update for two days.”
All applications made by Proton, including ProtonVPN, remained available for download in Myanmar, where the latest version of ProtonVPN was approved on March 19, and after this approval, Proton chose the timing of the release of their update and made it available on March 21, with a post to be published later. Their blog is on March 23rd.
Yen opened the message by highlighting that ProtonMail and ProtonVPN were built on the idea of providing users around the world with a way to “communicate securely and privately, express themselves and overcome internet blocking. However, he believes that blocking ProtonVPN’s latest update conflicts with Apple’s stubbornness.” These beliefs.
“We feel that every company has a responsibility to protect basic human rights wherever they are threatened,” he said. “Unfortunately, by blocking ProtonVPN’s security updates, Apple has demonstrated that it does not share this philosophy.”
When the United Nations asked people in Myanmar to “collect and preserve documentary evidence of crimes against humanity,” Yen suggested the use of ProtonMail and Signal. Besides, ProtonVPN saw a 250-fold jump for new users in the region.
Yen says Apple “suddenly” banned ProtonVPN when the United Nations recommended Proton apps, as Apple suddenly rejected important updates to our ProtonVPN iOS app.
He added: “These updates include security improvements designed to further improve safeguards against account takeover attempts that may compromise privacy.
Apple responded that the app update was rejected based on App Store 5.4 guidelines, according to ProtonVPN.
It includes App Store Guideline 5.4 stipulating that VPN applications do not violate local laws.