The talks which started all the way back in September 2014 have now come to fruition in form of two notifications, 'E-mail Policy of Government of India' and 'Policy on use of Information Technology resources of Government of India.' Under these, the Modi Government has stipulated that government offices will now be only allowed to use e-mail servers provided by NIC for official communication. Thus, all third-party e-mail services like Google, Yahoo, etc. are banned from use. The talks started when 5 million Gmail usernames and passwords were leaked back in September. The immediate need of such policies was seen by the intermittent leaks coming out from the Snowden’s master leak files which gave an impression that all government data was monitored by NSA and GCHQ at some point of time. “The e-mail services provided by other service providers shall not be used for any official communication” the notification says. These notified policies will cover all central government employees, employees of those state governments/UTs, various departments of the governments as well as autonomous bodies. Only email services provided by the government-owned National Informatics Center (NIC) can be used. With the use of NIC servers, the government can and will be monitoring online activities of bureaucrats, top officials of PSUs and other employees and will allow it to block content which it feels, adversely affects GOI in terms of productivity or policy matters. The new notifications allow the government to delete e-mails or internet history on computers of government employees after intimating the user. The policy has also stipulated the terms of access to social media sites from government networks, saying users will always use "high security settings" on such sites, not post "offensive, threatening, defamatory, bullying, racist, hateful, harassing, obscene or sexist" material on Twitter or Facebook and not make any comment or post any such material that would "cause damage to the organisation's reputation." "All organisations, except those exempted under clause 14 of this policy, should migrate their e-mail services to the centralised deployment of the NIC for security reasons and uniform policy enforcement," the notification says. An exception has been made for organisations dealing with national security who have their independent mail servers. "They can continue to operate the same provided the e-mail servers are hosted in India. However, in interest of uniform policy enforcement and security, it is recommended that these organisations should consider migrating to the core service of NIC" the notified policy says.