13 Sep, 2014 7:47p.m.

Approval for banning Gmail, Yahoo etc. for official use expected by this month end

The proposal making government electronic communication only via the platform of the National Informatics Centre (NIC), moved by Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY) for cabinet approval is expected by this month-end.

All government communication, barring those of ministry of defense and external affairs, will be done using the platform provided by the NIC, they added. The defense ministry has its own separate secure email server, the external affairs too may follow suit. 

The move comes amid concerns about rising cyber-crime and hacking incidents. Earlier this week, five million usernames and passwords of Google were reported to have been leaked online by Russian hackers. 

DeitY has drafted the policy on use of email for government offices and departments and views and comments of ministries concerned are being taken on this, sources said. 

Sources said the policy seeks to protect large amount of critical government data and aims to make it mandatory for government offices to communicate only on nic.in platform, not on commercial email services Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. The policy is expected to cover about 5-6 lakh central and state government employees for using the email service provided by NIC, they added.
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