Govt employees barred from using private email following corporate espionage

New Delhi: Following corporate espionage, government employees have been barred from using private e-mail services like Gmail, Yahoo mail, rediffmail, Hotmail etc for official communications.

Minister of Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad
Minister of Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad

They “shall refrain from using private email servers from government network”, said the policy on use of IT resources notified last week.

E-mail service authorised by the government and implemented by the IA (Implementing Agency under this policy is NIC) shall only be used for all official correspondence, it added.

The new policy also bars officials from using forward option in e-mails to non-government e-mail services.

“The email services of other service providers shall not be used for any official communication,” said the notification.

This policy is applicable to central governmrnt employees as well as employess of state and union territory governments that use the Centre’s email services.