Australian Government Ban on Free Web-Based eMail Services for Employees

Government workers in Australia will no longer have access to use free web-based email services like Gmail and Hotmail.  The government made the decision to follow a report from Australia's Federal Auditor-General recommending that "agencies should not allow personnel to send and receive emails on agency ICT systems using public web-based email services."  For situations in which government employees require access to these services, the auditor recommended the use of single, stand-alone desktops.  The ban will take effect on July 1, 2011.

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