What Globalization? Indian Govt. wants Google/Yahoo/Microsoft to Host Indian Email accounts ending with .in, servers in India

Globalization is a state of mind – and if you are an Indian with ‘global’ email id (i.e. the ones not ending with .in), you might expect certain changes owing to the recent amendments to the IT Act.

The amendments passed by Parliament require internet behemoths like Google, Rediff and Microsoft — which provide free email services — to set up Indian servers. Not just that, they may also have to provide Indian email accounts for Indian nationals.
Internet users will have email accounts ending with ‘.in’ instead of ‘.com’ – ToI

While this is repercussion of the Mumbai terror attack (terrorists used BlackBerry mobiles and Blackberry refused to part with information critical to the investigation), changing the domain names does not make sense at all.

Infact, many of these companies tend to transfer email accounts (i.e. data) to respective geographical servers – to serve users better (and faster).

Earlier, Indian government asked govt, officials to avoid using Yahoo/Gmail and Hotmail and even banned social networking sites/picture sharing sites for Indian diplomats.

Very recently, I met a state governor and asked him on email id he checks frequently, and his reply states the infrastructure of government’s nic.in platform – he was using Yahoo email id for all purpose, though he had the official nic.in id – which was so damn slow and unreliable that he used to check it once in few months (and had even directed all important emails to be sent to his internet id).

Government cannot kill globalization just because there are security threats – they need to upgrade their own infrastructure to combat such threats (it took them almost 6 months to crack Blackberry).

What’s your opinion?

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