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Government Instant Messaging System

  • 16 Dec 2019
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Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS) is a prototype of an Indian equivalent of popular messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp and Telegram for secure internal use.

  • GIMS seeks to replace existing platforms like WhatsApp, Telegram and Signal which are being used by a majority of government departments and organisations.
  • It will be used by employees of Central and state government departments and organisations for secure intra and inter organisation communications.
    • It employs end-to-end encryption for one-to-one messaging.
    • The server hosting GIMS is installed within the country and the information stored would be in the government-based cloud — NIC-operated data centres that are only meant for use by the government and its departments.
    • GIMS Portal will administer and monitor the working of an app.
    • Besides, one-to-one messaging and group messaging, it also provides for documents and media sharing in keeping with the hierarchies in the government system.
    • GIMS is designed and developed by the Kerala unit of National Informatics Centre (NIC).
  • The launch of the new app comes after the recent controversy over the WhatsApp breach of some Indian users’ mobile devices due to Pegasus.

Source: IE

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