Army draws LoC on Facebook use Published January 8, 2012 SOURCE: TNN Indian Army personnel cannot provide any indication of their workplace on online forums, especially social networking sites including Facebook. A recent Army letter says certain internet and social networking guidelines were issued earlier, but these were not implemented in the desired manner, leading to many cases of security breaches. It also says action will be taken against those violating these rules. The Armyâ€™s worry is that public access to such information could increase the vulnerabilities of both the Army and its personnel. Some information could provide clues to the Armyâ€™s strategies. It could also make personnel more vulnerable to things like honeytraps (spies using sex to extract information). Social networking sites have made it much more easy for strangers to form relationships. And as the online publication â€˜Foreign Policyâ€™ says in an article on honeytrapping, â€œCleverness, training, character, and patriotism are often no defence against a well-set honeytrap.â€ The Army has said that on the internet, personnel cannot make any comments on matters related to the Armyâ€™s policies; they cannot discuss Army matters with even retired Army employees. They have also been told not to forward chain mails pertaining to the armed forces. A senior defence ministry official told STOI: â€œDefence personnel are not provided internet connections in their official establishments. There is however an intranet connection that allows personnel and establishments across the country to communicate. Using personal email ID is not permitted on the official computer.â€ The official said there are guidelines for defence personnel using email and internet connections on their personal computers at home. â€œThere are guidelines about what can be communicated and what should not be even from home.â€ Do you like this story ?, Share!