Behind Army’s WhatsApp order: Secret map, other faux pas

A few months ago, a Brigadier was in an operations room where he opened his smartphone to photograph a fully-marked operational map. The officer, commanding a brigade, then sent it on WhatsApp to his principal staff officer at the brigade headquarters to get a similar map made.

The staff officer in turn sent the picture to commanding officers of battalions, and the secret operational map was soon all but public. It was this incident — and a host of similar incidents of security breaches over WhatsApp — which triggered last month’s order from Army Headquarters to all officers to desist from indiscriminate use of any social media platform.

The order said “no Indian Army personnel shall be part of any large group(s) on internet based messenger/chat/email services. One to one messaging is however permitted in a closed knit group Read More

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