India to seek details from US about NSA snooping reports

Foreign ministry says India and the US have a cyber security dialogue which is coordinated by NSCs on both sides
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First Published: Tue, Jun 11 2013. 07 38 PM IST
New Delhi made it clear that it will be ‘unacceptable’ if it is found that domestic laws relating to privacy of information of citizens were violated. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
New Delhi made it clear that it will be ‘unacceptable’ if it is found that domestic laws relating to privacy of information of citizens were violated. Photo: Ramesh Pathania/Mint
Updated: Wed, Jun 12 2013. 12 44 AM IST
New Delhi: India on Tuesday said it was concerned and surprised on knowing that it has been one of the countries targeted by a secret US surveillance programme that was exposed last week in a media report.
Foreign ministry spokesman Syed Akbaruddin has said India and the US have a cyber security dialogue between the national security councils of the two countries.
India, Akbaruddin said, would find it “unacceptable if Indian laws relating to privacy of information, of Indian ordinary citizens have been violated”.
Akbaruddin said India will seek information and details from US over reports that it was the fifth most tracked country by US intelligence.
He said that US and India have a cyber security dialogue which is coordinated by national security councils on both sides. “We feel that this is the appropriate fora to discuss such issues. We intend to seek information and details during consultations between interlocutors from both sides on this matter,” Akbaruddin said.
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