Privacy: Is WeVPN located in a 14 Eye Country?
WeVPN is located in British Virgin Islands and as such, is NOT in a 14 Eyes Country.
What is a 14 Eye Country?
A 14 Eyes country is a country who have agreed to collect, analyze and share intelligence between the signing countries. This means that while a country may not be able to collect information legally on its own citizens, they can ask another member to conduct surveillance on their behalf.
Initially there were 5 signing members (5 Eyes) which later expanded to include a further 4 members (9 Eyes) and more recently, members of the SIGINT Seniors Europe (SSEUR) were added (14 Eyes).
| 5 Eyes (UK/USA)
|| 9 Eyes
|| 14 Eyes (SSEUR)
Online privacy sites such as privacytools.io recommend staying away from VPN Providers located within the 14 Eyes countries as it could potentially mean that Security Agencies are able to demand access to customer data. Furthermore, they could gag the VPN provider to ensure secrecy and prevent transparency.
British Virgin Island courts accordingly recognise the common law duties of privacy and confidentiality. Companies based in the British Virgin Islands have a duty to maintain confidentiality in a person’s details. The duty of confidentiality has been statutorily codified in various aspects of British Virgin Islands legislation.