The government is coming out with a new email policy to protect government information in the wake of widespread concerns about the US monitoring Internet traffic from the country.
' US apprised'
Communications and Information Technology Minister
The minister said an email policy of the government, on the anvil, will make it mandatory for government officials stationed at embassies or on deputation abroad to use only static IP addresses, Virtual Private Networks and a one- time password to access government of
" Our email will be encrypted and that encryption will be known only to us. Nobody else will be able to access it," said Sibal, also announcing that Indian missions abroad will switch to NIC servers for official communication.
In the recent past several government websites, including those of the
The government has introduced secure video phones which will be used for communications between senior officials, and the voice data is encrypted. A sectel, or secure telephone, is in place in the MEA to communicate with Indian ambassadors abroad.
The government said the US' move to access Internet and mobile call data is unacceptable. " It would be a matter of concern for government if intrusive data capture has been deployed against Indian citizens or government infrastructure.
Government has clearly conveyed these concerns to the US," said Sibal.
The minister was asked by MPs about steps taken to protect private citizens from this surveillance and whether the government would take drastic measures like
Sibal said blacking out
However, he claimed the government can intervene if any content on Google or
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