HMA VPN provider (formerly HideMyAss!) Has announced that it has introduced a non-journaling policy (NLP) to improve user privacy.
The introduction of NLP is part of a larger corporate initiative to become a privacy champion who will also tackle challenges such as advertiser tracking of users.
In November of last year, HMA took the first step in its commitment to online privacy by announcing that it will no longer collect the exact IP addresses of its users.
No logging policy
HMA's new NLP will be audited by third-party cybersecurity consultancy VerSprite, which also checked NordVPN's service. The audit will verify the disconnection of usage data and online transmission of personally identifiable information (PII) that HMA stores for legal and billing purposes to ensure that all activities of online users remain private, even on the part of of the business itself.
In a press release, HMA Commercial Director Andrei Mochola explained how the company's new No Logging policy will help strengthen its position as a privacy champion in the VPN market, saying:
“The VPN industry is struggling with a trust issue. Consumers unknowingly hand over their data to VPN companies whose ownership is unclear in jurisdictions with questionable consumer protection laws. There are VPN providers who claim to offer no logging when they only offer IP protection. The difference to the new HMA non-journaling policy is that transparency is the foundation on which it was built.
“As we enter a new chapter at HMA, our policy of non-journaling is not the ceiling but the floor of our ambition. We will add new privacy features such as advertiser anti-tracking which solves a very real problem for users, but currently exceeds the scope of a traditional VPN. We believe such measures are important to us in order to continue our fight against censorship and we will continue to innovate to become a privacy champion in the VPN market. “
HMA's non-journaling policy applies to corporate VPN applications for Windows, Mac, Android, AndroidTV, iOS, and Linux.
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