The Iranian government has banned a number of industries in the country from using foreign email services such as Gmail, Hotmail and Yahoo Mail, according to reports.
The AFP reported that a paper in region, Asr Ertebatat, broke the news that the telecommunications minister has ordered banks, insurance firms and telephone operators to stop using foreign email services and only use domains that end .ir, the domain of Iran.
The order also applies to the Iranian government, with departments now only able to use email addresses that end .ir or .gov.ir and all universities must use .ac.ir or .ir systems. The move is the latest development in the ongoing censorship of the internet by officials in the country. In 2010 Iran blocked access to Gmail for its citizens and rolled out its own national email service, claiming that it would boost local internet firms and build trust between the government and the people.
The nation also made the headlines last month when it was rumoured it was going to cut internet access completely, although the telecoms ministry dismissed the suggestion calling it "completely baseless"