Government Mulls Over Providing Custom Made Mobile Phones To Security Forces

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| August 30 , 2017 , 16:34 IST

The government of India is considering to provide special mobile phones to its armed forces which is most likely to be built by an Indian company, says a report in a leading media outlet.

The report sources a senior official saying that the idea is an approach to secure the data and communication used by the defence forces. He said that while the plan is in a preliminary stages, the government will make a decision on the subject after internal discussions with the various stakeholders, including manufacturers.

The ministry officer said, “The Minister of Electronics and IT, Ravi Shankar Prasad, had discussed about the possibility of making a mobile phone designed exclusively for the armed forces with all security features.”

This comes days after India cracked down on Chinese smartphone companies asking them to provide security details of the data they have on Indian users.

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The official said that the main objective of this action would be to make sure that the data transfer and communication with and within the security forces are safe. The data should reside within India servers, so the government and law enforcement agencies have jurisdiction over it.

This is also the reason why an Indian manufacturer is most likely to be selected for the purpose.

Over the past few months the government has also become more cautious about data safety. The government has also devised an e-mail policy to ensure secure services for all its officials. Currently it is being offered to around 5 million users.

According to a government statement, “In accordance with the e-mail policy of the government, an e-mail id will be assigned to all government officials at the Centre and the states through the National Informatics Centre.”

According to the government's recent take on the issue, the administration is strengthening and securing its cyberspace and digital infrastructure. Which is toppled by the fact that most smarphone making firms in India have servers abroad.