Last updateFri, 20 Jun 2014 1pm

Dodging geo-restrictions raises ethical questions

When I wanted to place an order online with Wal-Mart, I tried to pull up its U.S. website at walmart.com but every time I tried that I was instantly redirected to its Mexican site at walmart.com.mx.

There was simply no way to access the U.S. web site because Wal-Mart knew I was in Mexico. I then masked my location using a VPN in Florida to enter my order to be shipped to my brother in Texas. Even then Wal-Mart thought it knew where I was and offered, “This item is in stock at Miami area stores.” This practice of websites tracking your location is now ubiquitous.

A question I am frequently asked is how to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) that can hide your actual location. Most people inquiring about this are desirous of circumventing geo-restrictions that prevent their accessing copyrighted content that is restricted to prevent it being viewed by anyone in Mexico.

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