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24 December 2016, Gateway House

India-EU: cooperation on cyber security and data protection

Cyber cooperation between India and the European Union currently lacks a security focus despite the common threats they face. Differences persist on both sides regarding India’s data adequacy status which has resulted in a blocking of the Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement negotiations.

Former Fellow, International Security Studies Programme

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As part of the ‘EU-India Think Tank Twinning Initiative 2016’, Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations, Mumbai, partnered with Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, on a series of papers, titled “Moving forward the EU-India Security Dialogue: Traditional and Emerging Issues.”

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The topic had four sub-themes:

  • India-EU maritime security and freedom of navigation from the South China Sea and Indian Ocean to the Mediterranean;
  • India-EU defence cooperation: the role of industry;
  • Potential and challenges of India-EU space cooperation;
  • India-EU cooperation on cyber security and data protection.

For more details on the project please click here.

This paper on India-EU cyber security cooperation is part of the project and has been authored by a Gateway House research team led by Sameer Patil, Fellow, National Security studies. The paper discusses current cyber threats and highlights the differences pose difficulties for the Bilateral Trade and Investment Agreement negotiations. It concludes that both sides need to adopt a pragmatic approach towards addressing their cyber security challenges.

You can download the PDF version of this paper, here.

Read the commentary response from Istituto Affari Internazionali, Rome, here.

Sameer Patil is Fellow, National Security, Ethnic Conflict and Terrorism, at Gateway House.

Purvaja Modak is Researcher and Assistant Manager, Research Office, Gateway House. 

Kunal Kulkarni is Senior Researcher, Gateway House.

Aditya Phatak is Senior Researcher, Gateway House.

This paper was exclusively written for Gateway House: Indian Council on Global Relations. You can read more exclusive content here.

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