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Plea in HC to safeguard business interests of internet users

New Delhi: K N Govindacharya, former BJP leader, today moved a fresh plea in the Delhi High Court seeking a direction to the Centre to safeguard the interests of Indians who do business through internet.The

India TV News Desk Updated on: April 29, 2014 21:08 IST
The plea has sought initiation of contempt proceedings against the Secretary, Information and Technology Ministry, for failure "to comply with provisions to place grievance officers by other intermediaries companies as per orders dated 23rd August 2013 passed by this Court which is causing huge risk to safety of children and citizens of this country."

Earlier, the court had asked the Centre to put in place the proposed e-mail policy for government employees which will ensure that they will not use internet services of "external service providers" for official communications.

The Department of Electronics and Information Technology had apprised the court that the Committee of Secretaries (CoS) has met recently and undertaken a wider consultation process among stake-holders in the country for devising the proposed e-mail policy.

The court had also asked the Centre to issue an advisory to the employees, who have already been given e-mail accounts by the National Informatics Centre (NIC), not to use internet services of external service providers for official purposes.

Govindacharya, in the PIL, 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, it said, adding even minors below 13 years of age are being allowed to use Facebook due to lack of proper mechanism.

Government officials usually use Gmail accounts, whose servers are outside India, and transfer the official data through them, which is violative of the Public Records Act, it said.

The plea has also sought a direction to ensure safety of the data of 50 million Indian users which is transferred "to the US and is being used for commercial gains in violation of the right to privacy."
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