PTA Suggests Mandatory Local Registration for YouTube, Netflix, WhatsApp in Pakistan

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has proposed a new rule requiring services such as YouTube, Netflix, and WhatsApp to register locally in Pakistan. This rule is detailed in a 14-page document available on the PTA website.

Termed as a regulatory framework, the proposal would cover all Over-The-Top (OTT) services, which deliver media content over the internet, including streaming and messaging apps. The framework suggests rigorous monitoring of these services by various government ministries.

A significant aspect of the proposal mandates that all personal data of Pakistani users must be stored exclusively within Pakistan. This requirement would affect how companies like YouTube, Netflix, and WhatsApp handle user data.

According to PTA spokesperson Malahat Obaid, the draft is open for public feedback until July 10. The public is encouraged to review the document and submit their opinions and suggestions.

This feedback mechanism is crucial as it allows citizens and stakeholders to express how these regulations could impact them and the services they utilize. The PTA intends to consider a wide range of perspectives before finalizing the new rules.

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