Antivirus vendor McAfee buys VPN service provider TunnelBear and plans to build the product into its consumer software. It is unclear whether this brings with it changes for privacy.

The Canadian company TunnelBear, the provider of a secure tunneled Internet connection for more anonymity in the network (VPN, Virtual Private Network), now belongs to McAfee. That tells TunnelBear in a blog post. The purchase price was not mentioned. The US antivirus and security group McAfee intends to integrate the VPN service into its consumer product Safe Connect.

TunnelBear indirectly countersigned any concerns that the acquisition of the product or the level of anonymity might change. They wanted to continue to offer the product and maintain public auditing.

McAfee will also take over all employees. They are pleased with the support of the group and hope to gain more customers through the acquisition. TunnelBear claims to have 22 million VPN users – the company does not specify how many of them use the free basic version with limited data volume.

However, it is unclear whether the servers currently based in Canada should move with the customer data to the US and thus change the legal situation. So far, there is the only talk of the development team staying in Toronto. The comments on the subject of the privacy policy are also not binding. Since TunnelBear now belongs to a US corporation, the expectations and requirements for data protection also changed. They are committed to transparency and trust and will disclose “progress”. The current Privacy Policy of Tunnel Bear comes from 20 April 2017

McAfee was acquired by Intel in 2010 and spun off as an independent company in April 2017. As part of a change of strategy, the company had recently stopped looking at the source code of its software.