In a statement, Express VPN claims that they do not and will never keep activity, connection logs. Let’s see if the claim is actually valid. According to Turkish sources, an Express VPN server was used to delete incriminating evidence in an ongoing investigation of the assassination of Andrei Karlov, the Russian Ambassador to Turkey.
On December 19, 2016, Mevlüt Mert Altıntaş, a police officer shot and killed Andrei Karlov at a photography exhibition in Ankara. After the assassination, which led to Altıntaş’ death, social media posts and emails written by the police officer were deleted via a VPN.
The Turkish authorities tracked the allocated IP address to Express VPN. But, they could not find any information revealing the perpetrators, due to the fact that Express VPN does not retain any data logs.
ExpressVPN is based in the British Virgin Islands. There are no data retention requirements here. The company also claims that they never possessed any customer connection logs that would enable them to know which customer was using the specific IPs cited by the investigators.
Which logs Are Kept by Express VPN?
Express VPN does not keep your logs. But, it still collects some data, necessary and vital for the VPN service provider to help them resolve service issues and improve their network. Express VPN keeps the following logs:
- Account details
- Connection dates
- Connected servers
- Amount of data transferred
- App updates
Do not panic here. ExpressVPN collects minimal logs from its users. They say that these logs that are kept do not individually identify users through their network activity. Such information is often tricky to use in a nefarious manner as it doesn’t contain details on what you were browsing, other than the time of day and the amount of data used.
Things ExpressVPN Never Keep Log
- IP addresses (source or VPN)
- Browsing history
- Traffic destination or metadata
- DNS queries
Does Express VPN keep logs Reddit?
If your’re worried about “Does Express VPN maintain logs”, then lets look at reddit. Here’s an eye-opening conversation between an anonymous Reddit user and ExpressVPN chat agent. Let’s look at respective dialogues.