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HC wants govt info off Google and FB

August 4, 2014

THE DELHI High Court on Friday ordered that the proposed e- mail policy, restraining government officials from using services of offshore Internet service providers for official purposes, be placed before the Cabinet at the earliest for the approval.

" The Additional Solicitor General states that the draft e- mail policy is now ready for being placed before the Cabinet for approval. The same should be done at the earliest," a bench of justices B. D. Ahmed and Sidhharth Mridul said.

The court referred to an incident whereby the National Investigation Agency ( NIA) had passed on sensitive information relating to a terror case to its officials by using Google services.

" The use of Internet services that transfer public data to offshore locations concerns the integrity and sovereignty of the country. Why public records should go outside India? This is not permissible under the law," the bench said.

The bench, which also passed a slew of directions, was hearing a PIL filed by former BJP leader K. N. Govindacharya through his lawyer Virag Gupta. Govindacharya has raised various issues including use of e- mail services, provided by offshore providers, by government officials for official purposes. " The websites evade taxes and make public the personal details of Indian users," the PIL alleged.

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Source: Mail Today (India)

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