PTA gathering info about encrypted VPNs

[quote=", post:, topic:"]

Dear Valued Customer:

As per letter attached from Pakistan Telecom Authority

(PTA) for your kind information, all Micronet Broadband

customers are requested to provide information

regarding any encrypted Virtual Private Networks(EVPNs)

established/used by them using Micronet Broadband

services. Customer are requested to provide the

following information for onward forwarding to PTA

by Friday July 29, 2011:

1. Purpose for which EVPN(s) is/are being used.

2. Customer premises IP address(es).

3. Remote end IP address(es).

The above information is required for getting

approval of PTA and legalizing these VPNs. Failure

to provide this information required will result in

action as per rules and regulation of PTA as outlined

in attached PTA letter.

Customers are requested to send this information

to only.

Your timely cooperation in this regard will be deeply

appreciated.

Best Regards

Manager

Technical Assistance Center

Micronet Broadband Pvt. Ltd.

Islamabad

[/quote]

What is PTA hoping to achieve? :mellow:

Bye Bye internet freedom. Gradually all freedoms are being restricted in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

Why VPNs ? what do people with VPNs do?

Did they send that to everyone or were you using a VPN?

Well what all may be the reason why PTA is involved in such sort of activities.... ?

[quote=“scuzzy, post:2, topic:15152”]

Bye Bye internet freedom. Gradually all freedoms are being restricted in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

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nowadays its democratic republic of pakistan

This made it to Slashdot, in a more worrying way and possibility, of all of encryption being planned to be blocked.

http://yro.slashdot.org/story/11/07/29/2328225/Pakistan-Tries-To-Ban-Encryption

I read the PTA law, but that is dated March, and the typical mumbo jumbo in it doesn't really specify how or why they intend to block encryption and to what end. What about the SSL only services? What about e-commerce and net banking?. Expecting them to realize that it violates free speech and privacy is just unfair to their numb-head officials and their mentality.

I came across the same slashdot/techdirt article and was just about to post the link. While doing a google search, came across another blog.

PTA sent letter to its licensees for the legalization of their customers Virtual Private Networks

There is a Micronet message identical to the one posted in the first post followed by a scan of a letter titled "Usage of Encrypted VPNs" sent by PTA.

they cant do it, not possible.

Welcome to North Korea.

[quote=“Nabz, post:10, topic:15152”]

Welcome to North Korea.

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Welcome to USA

MythBuster Adam Savage: SOPA Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It

http://en.wikipedia…line_Piracy_Act

[quote=“mtrtmk, post:11, topic:15152”]

Welcome to USA

MythBuster Adam Savage: SOPA Could Destroy the Internet as We Know It

http://en.wikipedia…line_Piracy_Act

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Iran*

[quote=“metaltongue, post:9, topic:15152”]

they cant do it, not possible.

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x2

Another stupid act by so called regularity authority. The fools don't even know the real concerns behind their pointless act and some others e.g SMS filtering phobia and demanding search engines for email data. :( . Now whether they're afraid of apposition using it for some strategic communications? or public using it to access adult content?, but there are hundred other legitimate uses of it, and most importantly how can they put restrictions on our privacy right?. Just shameless :angry:

Novus Ordo Seclorum

But seriously, Why pulling out a dead thread!