PTA asks users to register VPNs to avoid disruption

Use of secretive mode of communication is a violation of regulations, says telecommunication authority


News Desk September 12, 2022
People walks in front of a screen at the World Internet Conference (WIC) in Wuzhen, Zhejiang province, China, October 20, 2019. PHOTO: REUTERS

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has warned users against using Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) without registration, saying that the use of secretive modes of communication is a violation of regulations.

“Usage of any mode of communication such as VPN by means of which communication becomes hidden or encrypted is a violation of PTA regulations,” the telecom sector regulator said in a statement.

The authority also said that it has simplified the process of registration. “Now public and private sector organisations, foreign missions, and freelancers who want to use VPNs for their legitimate purposes must register their VPNs by October 31, to avoid disruption,” the statement added.

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The notice said that registration applications will only be accepted through the online link.

VPNs are used to encrypt internet traffic and disguise the users’ online identity. This makes it more difficult for third parties to track a user’s activity online or steal data, according to cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab.

Earlier in 2020, the PTA had issued the same warning.

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Ahmad | 2 months ago | Reply

Welcome to Communism

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Is this a joke

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