Service providers like Gmail, Yahoo, Microsoft and various others may soon be asked by the government to have emails being accessed in India, regardless of where the account is created, to be routed to United States servers. A Skype service that is India-centric is also being established.
Documents have been seen by ET that requested email service providers be notified by the Department of IT as soon as possible. The Department of Information Technology’s Union Home Secretary, RK Singh, was asked while attending a high-level meeting to address this plan with Nokia Intellisync Email, Windows Mobile Active Email, Gmail, Yahoo, and various other email service providers. The meeting was held on December 29th of 2011, and the meeting’s action note showed the decision to ask Gmail, Yahoo, and other providers to route all emails coming from India to U.S. based servers had been made.
Another decision of the meeting is for government officials to have an ‘India-centric Skype’ set up. Not only will this provide officials of the government with the ability to communicate with one another, but it will also address current concerns about national security.
Surveillance on Accounts Created Outside India Was Recently Found Impossible
In attendance at the meeting were telecom and intelligence department members. CERT-in director general, Gulshan Rai, informed members of the meeting that email accounts that have been registered in India to the India server are located automatically by the content provider Yahoo. Google and Yahoo denied making a comment about how Yahoo accounts with emails being accessed within India are routed to servers that are located in areas outside of India on accounts that have been registered outside of India. The reason this move is necessary is because surveillance on accounts created outside India that are suspected of belonging to terrorists has been impossible for Indian security agencies.
Recently A Suspected Muslim Terrorist Was Able to Keep His E-Mail Account Secured from the Indians
When draft emails are used for communication instead of emails that are sent, access is even more difficult because routing does not take place. Recently, an attempt by an Indian security agency to access an account suspected of belonging to a terrorist of Indian Mujahideen failed, according to an agency report. When the security agency approached the service provider of the account they were told a request must be sent to the location the server was base, which was the European nation. If no such request is made, the emails cannot be seen. This is really amazing.
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