Final November, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) instructed PTCL to ban a well-liked messaging app, Telegram. Identified for its encrypted messaging service, Telegram gained recognition for shielding consumer privateness by offering a safe communication medium. The app just lately hit 200 million users globally, nevertheless, the messaging service remains blocked in Pakistan.
Digital Rights Basis (DRF) calls for the federal government authorities present justification for banning the app and guarantee transparency within the course of. In a just lately launched statement, DRF expresses concern in the direction of limiting the entry of knowledge as a violation of civilian rights. Whereas solely PTCL notified its customers of the restriction. DRF’s crew found that the ban spans throughout all networks.
DRF factors out that no official notification was issued to the general public to furnish a purpose for banning the cloud-based messaging app. Whereas standard purposes have been affected by knowledge breaches and knowledge leaks, Telegram’s efficient security measures don’t let customers fear about any privateness violation. DRF stated,
“We consider that such a call hinders citizen’s freedom of expression, which is a base and elementary proper as per Article 19 of our Structure. It’s a elementary proper acknowledged in international locations the world over and was additionally acknowledged by ours by ratification of worldwide treaties.”
In the meantime, public authorities have but to difficulty a press release.
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