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Central Government Employees Can No Longer Use Google Drive, Dropbox And VPN | Details Here

VPN Ban: According to the Government of India, the directive has been issued to ensure the security of government data. Use of third-party scanner apps has also been banned.

Updated: June 17, 2022 10:52 AM IST

By Business Desk | Edited by Raghav Aggarwal

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VPN | New Delhi: According to a latest directive issued by the government of India, central government employees will not be able to use virtual private networks (VPN) and cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox. The directive, issued by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (Cert-In) and National Informatics Centre (NIC), talks about how VPN service providers should operate in India, Economic Times Reported.

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According to the directive, the employees can no longer save any confidential government files on cloud services like Google Drive and Dropbox. Cloud services allow the users to store their data on the internet, and not on the internal memory of their devices.

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According to the report, the rules set in by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (Meity), are aimed at improving the security posture of the government. The Indian government has been of a point of view that VPN services threaten the security of the country as they can be used by terrorist organizations and it becomes impossible to track them.

What does the NIC directive say?

  • The directive states that the employees should not use cloud services to store confidential government data.
  • The use of VPN services has also been prohibited.
  • The employees are directed to not use third-party applications to scan government documents like Camscanner.
  • Employees should not ‘root’ or ‘jailbreak’ their devices.
  • Uniform cyber security guidelines should be followed in government offices across the country.
  • Cert-In had earlier directed VPN companies to maintain a record of the customers who are using their services.
  • Minister of State for Electronics and IT Rajeev Chandrasekhar had stated that the companies who do not wish to follow the guidelines are free to move away from India.

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Published Date: June 17, 2022 10:51 AM IST

Updated Date: June 17, 2022 10:52 AM IST