ProtonVPN Hosts Public Poll to Decide Locations of Next VPN Servers
Switzerland-based VPN service ProtonVPN has once again given users the opportunity to decide the locations of its next VPN servers.
ProtonVPN launched the poll yesterday and says that it will remain open for “at least two weeks.”
Users and potential users alike can choose between 26 countries located across four continents. At the time of writing, ProtonVPN’s current server network consists of 404 VPN servers in 33 countries worldwide.
The locations listed in the poll don’t currently house any ProtonVPN servers, and none of them are situated “where [ProtonVPN] feel[s] it would not be possible to provide a secure server.”
Some of the countries included in the poll are: Argentina, Taiwan, China, Nigeria, the UAE, and Greece.
In countries that are considered “high-risk” ProtonVPN follows strict company policies to protect servers located there.
The policies include using third-party infrastructure to “avoid unfriendly governments from trying to claim jurisdiction over ProtonVPN,” only working with “reliable partners,” and implementing full-disk encryption on servers.
The poll, which is open to anyone, allows each individual to vote for a single country, the one which they believe should be ProtonVPN’s highest priority.
This isn’t the first time that ProtonVPN has let its users influence the upcoming locations of new servers.
Some of the winning countries from the 2018 poll have been included in this year’s survey, where for whatever reason ProtonVPN didn’t manage to install the requested servers.
According to ProtonVPN, nearly 13,000 users participated in last year’s survey, and as a result the VPN company added hundreds of VPN servers in over a dozen countries to its network.
“Our rapid expansion over the past year was necessary to keep up with our growing user base, and we have quickly installed servers in all of your top-choice countries,” the company said.
“So, once again, we need your help to decide where we should install our next servers and which countries to prioritize.”
While there is a free version of ProtonVPN, the company thanked its paid members for allowing it to “fight for an Internet that is secure, private, and free.”