NordVPN operates out of Panama, a country that has not joined the 5-Eyes, 9-Eyes, or 14-Eyes surveillance treaties. NordVPN does not have a headquarters in Russia.
Why does location matter?
Many VPN companies call the United States and other Western countries home. Their location matters because countries that take part in the 5-Eyes, 9-Eyes, and 14-Eyes treaties lack privacy and anonymity. These treaties form a surveillance net across member countries and represent a considerable threat to privacy.
Besides privacy, VPN services based in countries that have entered one of the “Eyes” treaties must comply with national rules and laws. The vulnerabilities of such VPN services include:
- Subject to anti-privacy laws and regulations.
- Must comply with subpoena requests/
- Voluntarily comply with data requests from member countries.
- Store logs that can link subscribers to their online tracks.
Location matters because it directly determines the security of VPN users.
Nord VPN operates out of Panama, which does not take part in the USA and member countries’ surveillance treaties.