No Plan to Monitor Phone Calls, Texts or Emails: PTA

As we had mentioned in our previous post regarding the draft of Monitoring of Telephony traffic, PTA has denied the fact that it will intercept traffic, in fact it wants to calculate, evaluate and analyze the amount of traffic flowing in and out of the telecom networks.

Following is the complete details of PTA’s clarification

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has not formed, nor does it intend to form any regulations to monitor telecom traffic including phones calls, e-mails and text messages.

Denying news reports detailing PTA’s plans to monitor all telecommunication traffic, a PTA spokesman said monitoring cyber and telecom traffic was never the PTA’s mandate. Hence, the question of curbing freedom of expression does not arise in this particular case, he said. The spokesman said the PTA, in its efforts to curb illegal telecommunication traffic (grey traffic) coming into Pakistan from abroad, had installed state-of-the-art filters.

These filters account for all inbound telecom traffic, ensuring that only authorised means are being used for data transfer, billing verification and assuring the quality of service as required under law. During the past few months, PTA has seized a number of illegal exchanges and apprehended several individuals, including foreigners, involved in illegal telecommunications activities, which were causing billions of rupees in losses to the national exchequer, the spokesman said. These arrests might have fuelled the stories in the media about the monitoring of telecommunication traffic by the PTA, he added.

Via Daily Times

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