Govt orders babus to avoid smartphones
The government has told bureaucrats in all central ministries and departments to use smartphones only as a last resort and in emergency situations to discuss sensitive official work, given the concerns over hacking and data theft, reports Bharti Jain.
The instructions have been reiterated not only for home but also defence, external affairs and other sensitive ministries. “Though it is largely home and defence ministries that routinely handle matters that can directly impinge on national security , the norms for avoiding use of smartphones to process and relay sensitive information will apply to all government departments,“ said an officer. Home ministry and central paramilitary brass have been asked to stick to face-to-face meetings, a closed intra network and landlines.
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