UnoTelly has issued new “Terms Of Service”, which informs users that the VPN and DNS scrambling services should be used for no reason other than maintaining privacy.

The service which once boasted how it could be used to unblock access to almost any website now simply portrays itself as a way to maintain privacy online.

When Netflix first announced plans to start blocking IP addresses of VPN services and users, UnoTelly came out and said that its user base need not worry. “We are confident that we can continue to deliver quality service to our loyal and supportive users”, said UnoTelly representative Kostas Polichronos at the time.

Today a rather different portrait of the service has been painted with the website now reading, “UnoTelly should only be used for privacy protection purpose only. Any other usage is not permitted”.

Does this mean that you can no longer use UnoTelly and its Dynamo service to access Netflix in other territories?

No, but you should be very wary of using it to do as it now violates UnoTelly’s Terms Of Service, which contain the following clause:”we may terminate or restrict your use of our service, without compensation or notice if you are, or if we suspect that you are (i) in violation of any of these Terms of Use or (ii) engaged in illegal or improper use of the service”.

This is a pretty standard clause to include in T&C’s, but it’s also one that may come back to sting UnoTelly users if Netflix continues its unrelenting push to stop its subscribers from using DNS scramblers and VPN services to circumvent geo-blocking.

UnoTelly’s Filmefy service also appears to have been shut down; the website is not loading and a check verifying the service is currently down.

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Additionally, a report on TorrentFreak details that ExpressVPN, Mullvad, Private Internet Access and Strong VPN have all been blocked by Netflix.

So what should you do? For now there is very little you can do, unless you believe that signing online petitions can make a change. Open Media currently has a petition running calling on users to “Stand up to Big Media bullies and do not block pro-privacy VPN technology.”

For everybody else, we are at the mercy of Netflix.

The hope here at htxt.africa is that Netflix can make global licensing happen sooner rather than later, meaning that having to use a service like UnoTelly is a thing of the past. We aren’t holding our breath, though.

[Source and Image – UnoTelly]

 

Brendyn Lotz writes news, reviews, and opinion pieces for Hypertext. His interests include SMEs, innovation on the African continent, cybersecurity, blockchain, games, geek culture and YouTube.