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PTA Proposes Local Registration for OTT Services Including YouTube, Netflix, and WhatsApp

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has proposed a new regulatory framework requiring all Over-The-Top (OTT) services, such as YouTube, Netflix, WhatsApp, Facebook, and X (Twitter), to register locally for a 15-year period. This move aims to bring these services under local regulatory oversight. The draft, available on the PTA website, specifies that these services must obtain a 15-year license to operate in Pakistan.

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The PTA’s draft framework categorizes OTT services into three groups: Communication services (e.g., Viber, Skype, WhatsApp), Application services (e.g., Facebook, Twitter, Instagram), and Non-Broadcasting Media Services (e.g., YouTube, Netflix, Spotify). The proposal mandates that these services comply with the new authorization framework within 12 months, after which unregistered services would be deemed illegal. Additionally, the framework suggests that personal data must be stored exclusively in Pakistan and content monitoring be overseen by relevant government ministries and organizations.

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Digital rights activists have voiced concerns over the proposed regulations, viewing them as an attempt by the PTA to increase control over online content. Farieha Aziz, co-founder of Bolo Bhi, and Usama Khilji, director of the same advocacy forum, have highlighted the potential impacts on freedom of speech and press freedoms. They fear that international OTT companies might exit the country rather than comply with these regulations, similar to the 2020 proposed regulation that was later rejected by the Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights.

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The PTA’s proposal has sparked a debate about the balance between regulatory oversight and digital rights. While the PTA aims to ensure compliance and local data storage for better control and security, digital rights activists warn of increased governmental control and potential threats to user privacy. The deadline for public feedback on the draft is set for July 10, after which the PTA will analyze responses and make a decision.

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