Government mandate forces GitHub to impose location based restrictions

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Once again, trade restrictions in the United States have raised their ugly heads and claimed another company based in the United States.

Microsoft recently acquired the GitHub open source repository and the company is now forced to implement some rather severe restrictions for users in Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria.

According to the company's press release, the new restrictions will severely limit the number of access developers in areas where the blacklist will be awarded.

US commercial control laws restrict the services of GitHub.com that may be made available to users in certain countries and territories. GitHub can allow users who usually reside in countries and territories subject to US sanctions. UU. To access certain free services of GitHub.com for personal communications in accordance with the authorizations issued by the Office of Foreign Assets Controls (OFAC) of the US Department of the Treasury. UU. People who regularly reside in these countries and territories are prohibited from using IP proxy servers, VPN or other methods to disguise their location when accessing GitHub.com services, and can only use GitHub.com for non-commercial personal communications. [19659007] Indeed, users of the newly formed blacklisted countries will be left with a handful of free services that do not include IP and VPN proxies.

There will be an appeal process for developers who may be unduly affected by the restrictions, but the GitHub press release makes it clear that users specifically in places like Crimea, Cuba, Iran, North Korea and Syria will not have No recourse at the moment.

Further reading: Crimea, Cuba, GitHub, Iran, Microsoft, North Korea, Syria, United States Treasury

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