Internet content providers including Yahoo and Gmail would be asked to route all emails accessed in India through the country even if the mail account is registered outside the country, reported Press Trust of India (PTI) on Tuesday (21 February).
This re-routing of e-mails is apparently required because security agencies need real-time access to some e-mails that are registered outside the country, said the report.
Citing a recent high-level meeting recently held in the office of Union Home Secretary R. K. Singh, the agency said that India's Department of Information Technology was asked to take up the matter at the earliest with the content providers such as Yahoo and Gmail.
"It was decided to advice Yahoo, Gmail etc that all e-mails accessed from India should be routed through servers in India," the official sources have said. The report also mentioned that the Department of Information Technology would take up the matter with the content providers.
According to the report, content provider Yahoo automatically locates all e-mail accounts registered in India to the server in India but accounts registered outside India and subsequently accessed from India are routed through servers outside India.
Therefore, there is this need to route all mails through servers in India for defence purposes.
"The need for this was felt after security agencies failed to access accounts of suspected terrorists of Indian Mujahideen during the surveillance period as the same had been opened in a European country," the agency report said.
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