You may create a private and secure connection to the internet using virtual private networks (VPNs). This protects you from data theft while giving the impression that you are accessing the internet from a different place.
The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) recently announced that it is against its rules to conceal or encrypt internet communication. In order to prevent disruption, the authority has now released a public notice advising users to register their VPNs for legal usage.
According to the notification, organizations from the public and business sectors, international missions, and independent contractors must now register their VPNs in order to utilize them.
🔊Usage of any mode of communication such as VPN by means of which communication becomes hidden or encrypted is a violation of PTA regulations. pic.twitter.com/4okPPassSI
— PTA (@PTAofficialpk) September 10, 2022
Prior to their VPNs being disabled, they have until October 31, 2022, to complete this.
What is meant by “disruption” in the PTA notification is not made explicit. Will individual users also be required to register their VPNs? After the specified date, would all unregistered VPNs no longer be operational? The unknown.
This naturally led to a major response from internet users, and for good cause. A VPN may be used for more than just protecting your online privacy; it also enables you to access content that would otherwise be restricted to a certain area.
Numerous helpful websites are restricted in Pakistan, and the possibility of being prevented from accessing applications and games like PUBG Mobile and TikTok looms over everything. Users are thus forced to adopt substitutes like VPNs.
Additionally, VPNs enable you to access more material on Netflix and other streaming services. Due to PTA’s recent blocking of VoIP services in Pakistan, consumers were forced to purchase VPNs as a result of the disruption caused to communication applications like Discord and games like Overwatch.
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