What is this Gmail encryption key which the Indian government want’s so badly? I hear you say.
You might remember that in August 2010, the Indian Government literally forced RIM to allow access to its encrypted email and messenger data to the Indian security agencies. RIM agreed in setting up local servers in India to manage the encrypted email data of its Indian users.
Same drill with the renowned mobile manufacturing company -Blackberry. The company was allotted the deadline of August 31,2010.
But when it comes to Google and Gmail – the issue gets bigger. And more serious.
A Google executive has made it clear to security officials of Indian Government that under no circumstances, the company will share the encryption key of it’s email service with Indian security officials, reports TOI.
Google India products chief Vinay Goel said that the company can’t help the Indian government with the encryption keys for two reasons.
First and foremost, the Gmail service is governed by U.S laws and it’s impossible to offer real time access of Gmail to any Government official. The second reason is of course the privacy of Gmail users, sharing the keys might lead in compromising the privacy of Gmail users in India
In Mr Goel’s own words:
When users entrust their data with us, we are expected to protect it, which is why, user privacy is very important for Google. The Union home ministry or telecom ministry has not asked Google to share the encryption keys for Gmail, but even if the US based internet search engine giant received such a request, it will be impossible to offer real-time access to Gmail communication.