VPNs available in Mexico
Information about Mexican VPNs
What is a VPN for Mexico?
A VPN for Mexico is a service that gives Mexican internet users the opportunity to protect their digital information, increase their online privacy, and encrypt any communications they send to family and friends. Using apps designed either for the desktop experience or their mobile phone, VPNs are a simple and easy way to get your device’s communication pathways encrypted and protected in a matter of minutes.
We’ve written about a lot of different countries on VPN.com, but out of all of them Mexico has just about one of the lowest internet penetration rates of them all at just 46.51%. This is likely due to the generally poor infrastructure of the country which makes it difficult to get high speed broadband internet connected to the majority of its 127.5 million citizens.
Although VPN.com has yet to test any servers from within Mexico, we have done our research and found that roughly 56 companies currently offer nodes connecting from within the country. This means if you are one of the 57 million internet users in the country, you will have plenty of options to choose from the next time you want get online!
Why Use a VPN in Mexico?
Mexico is one of 50 countries around the world which takes the digital privacy rights of its citizens very seriously. According to several pieces of legislation which have been enacted
“The protection of personal data is recognised in the Mexican Constitution (Constitution) as a fundamental right. Every individual has the right to the protection of their personal data and the right to access, rectify, oppose and cancel personal data under the terms specified by the federal laws (Article16, Constitution).
In relation to the protection of personal data under the Constitution, Mexico has developed a strong system of data protection laws that have a specific scope of protection depending on the nature of the organisation or the individual responsible for gathering and treating the information or the data (data controller).
Therefore, if personal data is gathered and treated by a government organisation or public servant of the Mexican Federal Government, those individuals and organisations must comply with the following laws:
- Federal Law of Transparency and Access to the Governmental Public Information (Federal Transparency Law) and its internal regulation. This applies to and regulates federal government organisations and their public servants in relation to how they should administer and treat information relating to the private life of individuals.
- Guidelines of the Federal Institute for Information Access and Data Protection, regarding Personal Data gathered and treated by the Public Federal Administration and their employees (Data Protection Guidelines). The Data Protection Guidelines specifically regulate the general politics and procedures the Federal Government and their public servants must observe in order to achieve the protections required by the Mexican Constitution and the Federal Transparency Law.
In addition, the Mexican Government recently issued a General Law of Transparency and Access to the Public Information (General Transparency Law), which came into force on 5 May 2015. The General Transparency Law provides general guidelines that will be adjusted to federal and local laws and which relate to:
- Transparency and access to public information.
- Data held by public individuals and organizations.
If personal data is gathered and treated by a private organization or private individual, such parties will be required to comply with the Federal Law of Personal Data held by Private Parties (Federal Personal Data Law) and its internal regulation.
On 8 December 1997, Mexico subscribed to the Economic Partnership, Political Coordination and Cooperation Agreement with the EU in which "the parties agree to ensure a high standard of protection to the treatment of the personal data in accordance with the standards and provisions adopted by the international organisms and the EU" (Article 51). Through this agreement, Mexico has adopted Directive 95/46/EC on data protection (Data Protection Directive).”
All of this is to say that if you’re either a member of a Mexican VPN or just a foreign customer using a VPN located within the country’s borders you’re completely protected from having any of your data exposed to the authorities as a whole.
That said, we would caution any native Mexican citizens from using VPNs that are based out of other countries, especially any that are a member of the 14 Eyes surveillance collective. Countries which belong to the collective can request information on citizens of any countries they want as long as the VPN they’re using is physically located within that country.
Is it Legal to Use a VPN in Mexico?
100%! As one of the nations which is dedicated to protecting the digital privacy rights of its countrymen, the Mexican government has not put any legislation or mandates on the usage of VPNs from within their borders. This means both VPN providers and VPN customers are completely within their legal rights to use internet privacy tools as they see fit without the fear of being prosecuted as a result.