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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Chinese Consortium buys Opera browser for $600 Million

I wrote about the free Opera web browser three months ago at Opera says its light, quick browser is used by more than 350 million consumers worldwide. I praised the Norwegian company’s inclusion of a high-security VPN in the product at no charge. Norwegian laws offer strong protection of the privacy of individuals. However, a Chinese consortium now is purchasing the Opera internet browser for $600 million (543 million euros), its Norwegian developer said Monday, after a public share offer for the company failed. I now am not so certain that I would trust a VPN being offered by a Chinese company.

Golden Brick Silk Road fund will become the new owner of Opera after regulatory approval for the buy-out. The Golden Brick Silk Road fund is a Chinese consortium which also owns cybersecurity specialist Qihoo 360, a provider of free protection and anti-virus security for Macintosh systems. You can read more about Qihoo 360 at and at the company’s web site at You can read more about the somewhat complicated details of the deal at

Would you trust a VPN produced by a Chinese company?

Categories: Business News, VPN (Virtual Private Networking)

2 replies

  1. Not a chance. I’ve had Opera since 1999 but tonight I’ll uninstall it. Very sad about this acquisition.


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