Pakistan to launch an alternative app to WhatsApp in June 2021
The Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) & Telecom, Aminul Haque, said that the Pakistani government would launch the 'Smart Office' app by June 2021.
Pakistan is aiming to launch its own WhatsApp-like messaging app by June 2021, which will be stocked with all modern communication features.
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ہم سوشل میڈیا ایپ واٹس ایپ کی اپ ڈیٹ پالیسی کے حوالے سے پاکستانی صارفین میں پائی جانے والی تشویش سے بخوبی آگاہ ہیں اور تمام معاملات کا باریک بینی سے جائزہ لیتے ہوئے اپنی پالیسیوں کو مرتب کررہے ہیں.#WhatsappPrivacy #WhatsApp #MOITT #DataProtection pic.twitter.com/YkT2tZKb9U
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The Federal Minister for Information Technology (IT) & Telecom, Aminul Haque, said that the Pakistani government would launch the ‘Smart Office’ app by June 2021.
The federal cabinet issued orders to develop the app, and it will be for government employees. Haque added that it is now mandatory to expedite work on the Personal Data Protection Bill.
The federal minister said that the government is fully aware of WhatsApp users’ concerns over its policy update, and the privacy rights of the users could not be violated.
“WhatsApp should have taken a viewpoint from users before updating its policy, and no company is permitted to impose its decisions to its users via constraints.”
“The policy should be the same for global users. The new policy will not be effective in some countries, including the European Union (EU), Brazil, and the United States.”
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