The RESTRICT Act is a proposed bill in the United States Congress that aims to prohibit U.S. companies from storing personal data in countries that are considered to be national security risks. It is unlikely that the RESTRICT Act would directly criminalize the use of VPNs (Virtual Private Networks), but it could indirectly impact their use.
VPNs are often used to encrypt internet traffic and protect users’ privacy online. However, if a VPN provider is based in a country that is considered a national security risk, such as China or Russia, the RESTRICT Act could require U.S. companies to sever ties with that VPN provider. This could make it difficult for users in the United States to access certain VPN services or could lead to the shutdown of VPN services that have ties to countries that are considered national security risks.
It is worth noting that the RESTRICT Act is still a proposed bill and has not yet been passed into law. The bill could undergo changes before it is passed, and its impact on VPNs may change as a result. Additionally, it is important to note that VPNs are legal in the United States, and many legitimate businesses and individuals use VPNs for legitimate purposes such as protecting their online privacy and accessing restricted content.