Telecom authority asks internet users to register their VPNs before June 30

The telecom authorities said that the internet users across the country will be unable to browse the web using the encryption software after June 30, unless they register the Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) with the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).

In a press release issued on June 10, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has invited all the customers using the Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) to browse the internet to register with their service providers.

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Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) allow the internet users to connect to the web undetected, meaning that they can see access banned websites and send emails without fear of government interception.

It is pertinent to mention here that many businesses, including banks, use the encrypted internet connections to communicate with their other branches and customers to protect their sensitive data such as account numbers, passwords, and other personal details.

According to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), the exercise is being undertaken “to promote legal ICT services/business in Pakistan and safety of telecom users”.

The telecom authority further said that the action would be taken against the customers using the Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) without taking permission from the concerned authorities.

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