PTA to block porn sites on mobile phones

PTA To Block Porn Sites

Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), which has blocked more than 400,000 websites for objectionable material, is considering to restrict porn sites on mobile phones as well.

The authority has received complaints that porn sites are accessible on the internet and minors, and underage could access it through cell phones of their own or their parents.

Whether you access the internet through the computer or handheld the law is same; objectionable sites are banned in the country, an official said.

“We are investigating why it is available on mobile phones, but I think mobile service providers are using VPN,” official said.

Virtual Private Network

A Virtual Private Network is a method used to add security and privacy to public, private networks, WiFi hotspots, and the internet. VPN replaces user’s initial IP address with the address given by VPN. For instance, if you live in Lahore, you can appear to live in some other city of the world with a VPN.

Reportedly, the telecom service providers are not blocking porn content due to business considerations. This is because only browsing websites may consume some megabytes, but if you watch or download some movie or videos the data consumption reaches to gigabytes.

PTA will direct all the telecom operators to establish Internet Exchange Points to block the objectionable sites and facilitate the local internet traffic to remain local.

Meanwhile, the telecom industry representatives deny that they are providing adult material to make money.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *