In the wake of escalating data leaks around the world, the government of Pakistan has made a decision to create a dedicated app for all official communication. It will be called the “Govt App” and it is likely that the government will stop using all OTT (over the top) services such as WhatsApp after this development.
The decision to launch a dedicated app was made during a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Imran Khan.
"An indigenous application [called] Govt-APP may be developed. All communication related to government if required may be undertaken using the said APP instead of other OTT services such as WhatsApp, Viber and Facebook messenger. The data will be stored in Pakistan."
This is a much-needed development for Pakistan as it is essential for the government to have a safe, internalized means of communication. All the data will be stored in Pakistan, which will not only make it easier to control but will also reduce reliance on third-party companies such as WhatsApp.
This will also make troubleshooting a lot easier in case the servers go down or some other problem shows up.
Watch this space for more on the Govt app.