Union Government blocked private email network for official work

Feb 28, 2015 18:35 IST

Union Government blocked private email network like Yahoo and Gmail for official work. The aim of the move is to monitor staff's online activities.

In this regard, Union Government notified E-mail Policy of Government of India and Policy on use of Information Technology resources of Government of India on 18 February 2015.

As per the notification, only the e-mail services provided by National Informatics Centre (NIC) shall be used for official communication.

The notified policies stipulate measures to ensure secure and proper access to and usage of government's IT resources and prevent their misuse by official users.

Other measures spelt out in the notification are that NIC may monitor online activities on the government network, subject to SOPs as the organisation may lay down.

Further NIC has been given the power to access, review, copy or delete any kind of electronic communication such as files, e-mails and internet history, for security-related reasons under due intimation to the user.

These notified policies cover all central government employees, employees of those state governments/UTs which use email services of the Centre and those states that choose to adopt this in future.

The step was in the offing for long given the government's concern over foreign servers of Gmail and Yahoo and instances of US snooping.

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