Income Tax Department Launches Secure Email System for Staff
The income tax department has rolled out a secure email system for all its employees and officers due to curb misuse of official cyber tools and attempts of phishing.
The department official source said, has recently discontinued its existing email systems (called lotus mail and IMail) and has issued instructions to its countrywide staff to get new email IDs prepared after validation of their bona fide.
A senior Income Tax officer said that the Income Tax department’s work over email involves some very secret and proprietary information about taxpayers like refunds and tax returns data. There have been few instance of breach in this system earlier which led to fraudulent transfer of funds. The new email system is more secure and reliable.
The officer said the IT Department doesn’t directly deal with taxpayers for want of information and its I-T returns collection centre in Bangalore just sends an acknowledgement email once the process of filing is completed. The officer also said that the new email system is for secure communication within the department which will ensure no confidential information or data is pilfered.