PTA announces ban on use of Internet-enabled PN software in the country

Users using virtual private networks must register by June 30. PTA

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) has said that virtual private networks ( VPNs ) have been set up in the country to provide access to all kinds of content on the Internet . Users who use the software must register by June 30, otherwise they will not be able to use the facility.

Advertisements and notifications issued by PTA suggest Internet users to register a VPN with their Internet Service Provider by June 30. Users who do not register by June 30 after the deadline VPN Will not be eligible to use any software.

According to PTA, till June 30, all users can register for VPN from internet service providers free of cost. In this regard, PTA has provided 2 forms to internet service providers. The registration form provided to Dawn by an Internet service provider shows that the user will also have to provide sensitive information for registration.

To register a VPN, the user will need to provide details of the VPN software, including their Internet Protocol (IP) address, as well as the purpose of using it or the details of their business . The user will also have to submit some required documents and affidavit. Regarding the registration of VPNs, the PTA said that the move was being taken to curb illegal activities in the country and to protect the national exchequer from damage , not just through VPNs. Consumers can access controversial and banned Internet content in the country, but such software is also used by businesses and banks in particular.

Mobile and internet operators also engage in illegal business using such software, while some businesses also use the software to make illegal money transactions to avoid taxes from the PTA . This step of VPN registration is being taken under its 2010 Monitoring and Reconciliation of Telephone Traffic Regulations ( MRITT ) Act, which provides Class 6 to all types of secret phone calls and internet services. Provides monitoring and closing options.

PTA has advised Internet users to register for VPN by June 30, otherwise they will lose access to such software. PTA has also warned that after June 30, VPN using illegal working will be taken action against individuals and entities PTA many in from VP’s of National Registration and came at a time when the Internet users There were complaints of VPN software not working.

Users had complained that they were having difficulty accessing the VPN even through the Tory browser, which gives them easy access to the VPN. However, the PTA has clarified that they still have access to the VPN or Tory. No action has been taken against the browser and action will be taken after June 30.