Mullvad VPN: Police Find No User Data During Raid

Tyler Cross
Tyler Cross Senior Writer
Tyler Cross Tyler Cross Senior Writer

Mullvad VPN, the Swedish VPN company, faced a police raid on their home offices. Luckily, thanks to Mullvad VPN’s strict no-logs policy, the police were unable to acquire any customer information.

A no-logs policy simply means that the company won’t store any data from its users. This is a necessity among good VPNs, but several major VPNs have had data confiscated before. The fact that police were unable to find user data, (nor would they have been able to if they had actually seized their servers completely), proves the integrity of Mullvad VPN’s claims to not log any customer data.

A good VPN encrypts your data with military-grade protection, wrapping it in lines of code that can’t even be deciphered by a supercomputer. The idea is to prevent any prying eyes from seeing your data. Mullvad VPN pays extra attention to user privacy by not requiring an email address to use, rather unique codes are generated for each user.

This raid is the first on Mullvad’s offices after more than 14 years of operation, but according to CEO Jan Jonsson, they aren’t even sure why the police acted. They weren’t told what they were looking for or why.

“We find it peculiar that the National Operations Department (NOA) of the Swedish Police make this search warrant visit now, for the first time in our 14-year history,” Jonnson says. He goes on to be quizzical at what exactly the police expected to find since their entire business focuses on data privacy.

“We argued they had no reason to expect to find what they were looking for and any seizures would therefore be illegal under Swedish law,” Mullvad says in their release. Despite searching, the police didn’t seize their servers either. “After demonstrating that this is indeed how our service works and them consulting the prosecutor they left without taking anything and without any customer information.”

About the Author
Tyler Cross
Tyler Cross
Senior Writer

About the Author

Tyler is a writer at SafetyDetectives with a passion for researching all things tech and cybersecurity. Prior to joining the SafetyDetectives team, he worked with cybersecurity products hands-on for more than five years, including password managers, antiviruses, and VPNs and learned everything about their use cases and function. When he isn't working as a "SafetyDetective", he enjoys studying history, researching investment opportunities, writing novels, and playing Dungeons and Dragons with friends."