by saad umer
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has planned to launch its own
WhatsApp-like messaging app, Smart Office, by June 2021 which will include
all modern communication features besides announcing to expedite work on
finalising Personal Data Protection Bill.
After the recent security concerns raised by global users and masses in
Technology (IT) and Telecom Aminul Haque said that ‘Smart Office’ app will
be launched by the Pakistani government by June 2021.
He said in a statement that the federal cabinet issued orders to develop an
app like WhatsApp for government employees. Haque added that it is now
necessary to expedite work on the Personal Data Protection Bill.
The federal minister said that the government is fully aware of concerns of
WhatsApp users over its policy update and privacy rights of the users could
not be violated. He also expressed serious concerns over the Facebook-owned
WhatsApp’s move to start deleting user accounts for not accepting its policy
“WhatsApp should have taken opinion from users before updating its policy
and no company is allowed to impose its decisions to its users through
“The policy should be the same for global users. The new policy will not be
effective in some countries including Europe, Brazil and the United States.”