SR 1 million fine for using VPN in Saudi Arabia

Saudi authorities can impose a fine of SR 1 million if anyone is caught with a VPN installed on his mobile in Saudi Arabia, as it is illegal to do so.

What is a VPN?

VPN stands for Virtual Private Network, and it is a way to access blocked sites and applications. If you are using a VPN, you can easily access the websites and applications blocked by the CITC.

VPN in Saudi Arabia

Is it illegal to use a VPN in Saudi Arabia?

Anyone can download and start using VPN software from the Play Store or iTunes. You can use a VPN to access the blocked websites. However, one should remember that using VPNs in Saudi Arabia is illegal.

VPNs are not legal as they are against the country’s cyber laws, and therefore, they are banned. There must be a rationale when the government has banned some content in the country. You cannot simply bypass it and stay away from the trouble. 

Is it illegal to use a VPN in Saudi Arabia?

Penalty and fine for using a VPN

According to Ajel News, using any anonymous application in Saudi Arabia, such as VPN, can result in SR 1 million fine, 1 year Jail, or both.

Moreover, as per Article 3 (4) of the Anti-Cyber Crime Law, accessing a blocked website is punishable with a penalty or fine of up to SR 500,000 in Saudi Arabia.

Penalty and fine for using a VPN

Can police track VPN?

Theoretically, you can hide your IP address with a VPN application, but remember it is still not impossible to track you. Tracking IP addresses is one of the many approaches used by Saudi police to track those whom they want to track.

In other words, if police in Saudi Arabia want to track you, they will get you no matter whether you are using a VPN or not.

However, in my humble opinion, unless you are a security threat to the country or other people, it is unlikely that the police will try to track your location.

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