Iran bans select industries from using foreign e-mail providers

By on May 14, 2012, 3:30 PM

Over the weekend, Iran's telecommunications minster warned that in-country financial institutions, insurance firms and communications companies will be limited exclusively to .ir domains for hosting and email purposes. For better or worse, the national mandate will prevent applicable organizations from utilizing email services such as Gmail and Yahoo while Iran plans to launch its own "national information network" for state operations, public enterprises and financial institutions. This information comes from reporter Asr Ertebatat and the Associated Press.

The report claims that Iran is aiming to secure communications within its borders by keeping them close to home and away from foreign operators.

This news also follows a number of recent headlines indicating that Iran may intend to deploy its own Intranet, replacing access to the global Internet within the country. Iranian officials have fervently denied those claims, denouncing the information as Western propaganda. However, in April, Iranian officials did mention they would be rolling out their own national network for government and financial use -- but won't be disconnecting citizens from the Internet any time soon.

As part of Iran's initiative to keep things local, the government is also encouraging private sector entities to bring their own online operations back into the country.

In recent memory, the Iranian government has inexplicably blocked secure web traffic, disrupted access to social networking and communication websites and continues to filter access to certain materials.

Several days ago, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared anti-filtering technology is illegal within the country, "In general, the use of antifiltering software is subject to the laws and regulations of the Islamic republic, and it is not permissible to violate the law."




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gwailo247, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

LOL, those hitting the "Submit" button on that page will probably soon be submitting to a lot of unpleasant things.

Timonius Timonius said:

I think it would make sense "that in-country financial institutions, insurance firms and communications companies will be limited exclusively" to their OWN countries domains and NOT Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. The rest is just crazy...

MilwaukeeMike said:

I think it would make sense "that in-country financial institutions, insurance firms and communications companies will be limited exclusively" to their OWN countries domains and NOT Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, etc. The rest is just crazy...

yeah... I can see the reason too... considering those email providers are run by a country that is a strong ally with Israel. it's actually surprising it didn't happen sooner.

that part about building their own Intranet.. wow. Gonna have to save that for when people here in America are crying that our constitution is meaningless because the govt thought about writing a bill that would require me to use piratebay.se instead of piratebay.com.

They should just do what China does and build filters... or maybe they know they dont' work too well.

Guest said:

halal email ?

What is next ?

Twixtea said:

Several days ago, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei declared anti-filtering technology is illegal within the country, "In general, the use of antifiltering software is subject to the laws and regulations of the Islamic republic, and it is not permissible to violate the law."

Dear Mr. Khamenei, with all respect, shut up.

If the filtering was on an acceptable extent I would have probably thought twice before saying this, but honestly it's RIDICULOUS.

I live in Iran, I know what I'm talking about.

Guest said:

Is that a screenshot of Firefox 1.0? Lol.

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