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Indian Navy probing sharing of information on net

Indian Navy is conducting an inquiry into cases where some of its officers were found divulging information regarding locations of warships.



New Delhi: Indian Navy is conducting an inquiry into cases where some of its officers were found divulging information regarding locations of warships and
other confidential data on social networking sites.

In written reply in Rajya Sabha, Defence Minister A K
Antony said "cases of unauthorised sharing of information by
naval personnel on social networking sites have come to light.
These are under investigation by naval authorities."

The Defence Minister was replying to a question whether
certain cases of naval officers divulging information
regarding location of warships and other confidential data on
social networking sites were found.

On whether there is a proposal to impose blanket ban on
use of Facebook, Orkut and Twitter by defence forces, Antony
said "Indian Navy has issued exhaustive policy guidelines on
this subject."

Replying to a question on security of coastal area, the
Defence Minister said the review of coastline security is an
ongoing process and a vulnerability gap analysis was conducted
by the states in consultation with the Indian Coast Guard
(ICG).

"Post 26/11 terror strikes in Mumbai, the government had
initiated several measures to strengthen coastal security,
which include improving surveillance mechanism through
installation of coastal radars and Automatic Identification
Systems (AIS) chain and enhanced patrolling by Navy and Coast
Guard Ships," he said.

On installation of AIS, he said "time line for
installation of radars and the AIS chain along the coastline
is 2013."

PTI

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