Virtual Private Network Jurisdiction – What is Five-Eyes, Nine-Eyes and Fourteen-Eyes? Does jurisdiction matters?

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Generally, a virtual private network is an encrypted program that protects your traffic from being monitored by your respective ISP‘s and man-in-the-middle attack. However, picking a right VPN service provider isn’t really easy eventhough most VPN providers offering the latest VPN protocols to enhance your security and privacy. However, there is another factor you should be considering before subscribing to a VPN service.

When it comes to privacy, it is really important to know the actual terms of Five-Eyes, Nine-Eyes and Fourteen-Eyes. In short, these are the countries that participate in the mass surveillance program to work together and share the data among them. These countries have an access to all sorts of information. If you’re living in an alliance country, then your information might have been shared with other members of alliances. Although this is somehow violating human rights, the government has the right over its citizen and the only way of reducing these mass-scale monitoring is by purchasing a reliable VPN service that operates away from fourteen-eyes alliances. In this article, we’re going to have look over the five-eyes, nine-eyes and fourteen-eyes term and listing out the available VPN service out there that works inside these surveillance countries.

Five Eyes

The origin of the mass surveillance alliances begins via the UKUSA Agreement. The agreement was officially signed on the 5th of March 1946 in between United Kingdom and United States in order to exchange information among them. Later, as the time passes by, countries such as Australia, Canada and New Zealand joined the alliances. This marks the birth of five-eyes alliances, officially known as, AUS/CAN/NZ/UK/US EYES ONLY.

Country Agency Abbr Role[1]
 Australia Australian Secret Intelligence Service ASIS Human intelligence
Australian Signals Directorate ASD Signal intelligence
Australian Security Intelligence Organisation ASIO Security intelligence
Australian Geospatial-Intelligence Organisation AGO Geo intelligence
Defence Intelligence Organisation DIO Defence intelligence
 Canada Canadian Forces Intelligence Command CFINTCOM Defence intelligence, Geo Intelligence
Communications Security Establishment CSE Signal intelligence
Canadian Security Intelligence Service CSIS Human intelligence, Security intelligence
 New Zealand Directorate of Defence Intelligence and Security DDIS Defence intelligence
Government Communications Security Bureau GCSB Signal intelligence
New Zealand Security Intelligence Service NZSIS Human intelligence
 United Kingdom Defence Intelligence DI Defence intelligence
Government Communications Headquarters GCHQ Signal intelligence
Security Service MI5 Security intelligence
Secret Intelligence Service MI6, SIS Human intelligence
 United States Central Intelligence Agency CIA Human intelligence
Defense Intelligence Agency DIA Defense intelligence
Federal Bureau of Investigation FBI Security intelligence
National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency NGA Geo intelligence
National Security Agency NSA Signal intelligence

The table above best explains of the role of government agencies within the five-eyes alliances. What makes this alliance even scarier is, ECHELON has been developed in the late 1960s during the Cold War, to monitor the military technology used and communications of the Soviet Union and Eastern Bloc and establish officially in the year of 1971. ECHELON later to be used to spy on the people.

Nine Eyes

Next, the Five Eyes later evolve to a Nine Eyes alliance joined by another four countries, Denmark, France, Netherlands and Norway. The Five Eyes works with a third party countries that forms Nine Eyes, that collects and distribute the information among them.

Fourteen Eyes 

Later, the Nine Eyes alliances would collaborate extensively with five more 3rd party countries, Belgium, Germany, Italy, Spain and Sweden. According to a source, the official name of this alliance is SIGINT Seniors Europe (SSEUR) and serves as to exchange military information’s among them.

Here are list of identified VPN providers that operate within the fourteen-eyes jurisdiction: – Source.

Jurisdiction VPN Providers
Australia Celo
VPNAUS
VPNSecure
Belgium Not Available
Canada Betternet
Blockless
CactusVPN
GetFlix
RougeVPN
SurfEasy
TunnelBear
UnoTelly
VPN Land
Windscribe
Denmark BeeVPN
Unlocator
France ActiVPN
Germany Avira Phantom VPN
ChillGlobal
GoVPN
Internetz.me
Steganos
Traceless.me
Zenmate
Italy AirVPN
Netherlands GooseVPN
ProXPN
RootVPN
ShadeYou
WASEL Pro
WiFiMask
New Zealand Not Available
Norway Opera Browser VPN
Spain Not Available
Sweden AzireVPN
FrootVPN
Integrity.st
Mullvad
PrivateVPN
PRQ
United Kingdom Expat Surfer
FlowVPN
HideMyAss
LibertyShield
My Expat Network
OverPlay
TGVPN
TorVPN
TotalVPN
TVWhenAway
VPN.sh
VPNUK
WorldVPN
ZoogVPN
United States AceVPN
AnonVPN
Anonymizer
BTGuard
CloakVPN
CrypticVPN
CryptoHippe
Disconnect.me
Encrypt.me
FlyVPN
FroxyProxy
FrostVPN
GhostPath
GoTrusted
Hide My IP
HideIPVPN
Hotspot Shield
IncognitoVPN
IntroVPN
Ipnator
IPVanish
LibertyVPN
LiquidVPN
MYIP.io
MyVPN.Pro
Netshade
Newshosting
Norton WiFi Privacy
OctaneVPN
Private Internet Access
Private Tunnel
RA4W VPN
SigaVPN
SlickVPN
Speedify
Spotflux
StrongVPN
SunVPN
SuperVPN
TorGuard
Tunnelr
Unseen Online
Unspyable
VikingVPN
Virtual Shield
VPN Master
VPN Unlimited
VPNJack
VPNMe
WiTopia

Surprisingly, few notable VPN providers such as HideMyAss, Mullvad, TunnelBear, TorGuard, IPVanish, Windscribe and Private Internet Access operates within the fourteen eyes alliances.

How to protect yourself from the Fourteen Eyes alliances?

Well, there is a way of minimizing the spy activity by these countries by subscribing to a reliable VPN service that operates outside of the fourteen eyes alliances. To increase maximum protection against the interception of these alliances, it is advisable to use servers that don’t located within the fourteen eyes alliances.

Below are the few identified VPN providers that operate out from the fourteen-eyes jurisdiction: – Source.

VPN Provider Jusrisdiction
BolehVPN Seychelles
ExpressVPN British Virgin Island
NordVPN Panama
Perfect Privacy Switzerland
SurfShark British Virgin Island
VPNArea Bulgaria
VPN.ac Romania

To summarize this article up, jurisdiction plays a vital role as VPN protocols as, a VPN not only should be protecting your online traffic, but it has to ensure you are safe from these mass surveillance countries. It is important to pick a VPN service that operates away from the fourteen-eyes countries. In laymen’s terms, the location of operation of your VPN provider is important for a higher level of privacy and security. In some cases, pick a VPN provider that offers up more servers outside fourteen-eyes countries. Always do a proper research on picking a verified no-log VPN provider, such as SurfShark (audit), NordVPN and ExpressVPN (audit), CyberGhost and IPVanish.

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2 comments on “Virtual Private Network Jurisdiction – What is Five-Eyes, Nine-Eyes and Fourteen-Eyes? Does jurisdiction matters?”

    1. Good evening there mate,

      The installation depends on the type of the service provider. The service provider must have unique provision to bypass IP spoofing for VPN connections to be made.

      Thanks.

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