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Indian government to ban US based email services for official communications.

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Cyberspying: Government may ban Gmail for official communication

The government will soon ask all its employees to stop using Google's Gmail for official communication, a move intended to increase security of confidential government information after revelations of widespread cyberspying by the US.

A senior official in the ministry of communications and information technology said the government plans to send a formal notification to nearly 5 lakh employees barring them from email service providers such as Gmail that have their servers in the US, and instead asking them to stick to the official email service provided by India's National Informatics Centre.

"Gmail data of Indian users resides in other countries as the servers are located outside. Currently, we are looking to address this in the government domain, where there are large amounts of critical data," said J Satyanarayana, secretary in the department of electronics and information technology.

Source : Cyberspying: Government may ban Gmail for official communication - The Times of India

Makes sense?
 

theterminator

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Finally some sense prevailed. They should not have allowed an outside private company with the ability to access official/govt communication in the first place. Don't ask how Gmail has access to each users' emails.
 
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snap

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good idea,why risk sensitive govt info by using foreign private firms but they should have a more secure indian service
 

sujoyp

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govt were using gmail for official purpose :D thats laughable ....even our 10 cr small company have its own email service for its employees
 

Skyh3ck

Cyborg Agent
because most of the ministers are busy making money, even IT minster also dont know any thing about technology, so they never thought of modeernising the communication structure in govternment offices,

shame you government, why not using talendted mind in india,
 
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I never knew that some government officials used Gmail for official business. This is the single most stupidest lapse in security.

Those working in IT companies will know the importance of an official email address.

IMHO, it doesn't matter how good an alternative official mail service is as long as it is private and secure.
 

Flash

Lost in speed
??? monitor gmail??
IT companies do it.
If you send any confidential information via your personal mail (any mail), you will be tracked and be taken with disciplinary action.

I've seen people get terminated, just because they of this.

Scenario: Official mail IDs have limitations of email attachment size (say 5MB). So, people unknowingly use personal mails (without knowing the security policies of the company) to send these huge docs across their machine and to the client machine.
 

arijitsinha

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IT companies do it.
If you send any confidential information via your personal mail (any mail), you will be tracked and be taken with disciplinary action.

I've seen people get terminated, just because they of this.

Scenario: Official mail IDs have limitations of email attachment size (say 5MB). So, people unknowingly use personal mails (without knowing the security policies of the company) to send these huge docs across their machine and to the client machine.

You cannot track this unless either the sender or reciever is company's email id. There is no way they can track gmail-gmail mail transfer.
 

abhidev

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if you have a gmail account...then forget about privacy...all our mails and conversations are scanned by google :D
 
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