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Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS)

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Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS)

What to study?

For Prelims: Features of GIMS.

For Mains: Need for and significance of the platform.

Context: Government testing GIMs, its secure messaging App.

For Prelims:

About Government Instant Messaging System (GIMS):

Designed and developed by National Informatics Centre (NIC).

It is being packaged for employees of Central and state government departments and organisations for intra and inter organisation communications.

It is an Indian equivalent of popular messaging platforms, such as WhatsApp and Telegram, for secure internal use.

It is being developed as a secure Indian alternative without the security concerns attached with apps hosted abroad or those owned by foreign entities.

Like WhatsApp, GIMS employs end-to-end encryption for one-to-one messaging.

Value addition for Mains:

Need for and significance:

The launch of the new app comes amid the recent controversy over the WhatsApp breach. Some Indian users’ mobile devices were targeted through a spyware called Pegasus recently.

GIMS is being touted as a safer bet as the platform has been developed in India, the server hosting it is installed within the country and the information stored would be in government-based cloud — NIC-operated data centres that are only meant for captive use by the government and its departments.

Sources: the Hindu.