Government Bans Cell Phones in Official Govt Meetings

cell phone banFederal government of Pakistan has banned the use of cell phones in all the official meetings. Government said that this step has been taken to prevent the leaking of important information.

The cabinet division of the National Telecom and Information Technology Security Board (NTISB) warned that the technology can be used for dubious purposes by the officials.

The board said that throughout this decade, the advancement of mobile technology has made data sharing easier than ever. It also said mobile phone technology can be used in both negative and positive ways.

It concluded by saying that most mobile phone devices today come with photo capturing and video recording capabilities which if used in a wrong way, can leak important and sensitive information to the outer world.

On a side note, various officials and National and Provincial Assembly members have been caught watching YouTube steaming and other (music) videos during their meetings and sessions. This ban, not announced though, but could be a reason to put a cap on such officials/MNAs/MPAs.