Pushing a case for global consensus on jurisdiction when it comes to dealing with cyber threats,Telecom and IT Minister Kapil Sibal said that India should be entitled to crackdown on violations and attacks as per its laws even if the incident occurs outside its territory.
Giving the example of recent revelations that US spy agencies were snooping on Indian missions,Sibal said that Indian courts should have jurisdiction when it comes to matters that affect the nation.
If there is cyber space violation and the subject matter is India because it impacts India,then India should have jurisdiction. For example,if I have an embassy in New York,then anything that happens in that embassy is Indian territory and there applies Indian law, he said at a seminar on cyber security organised by the Observer Research Foundation. While he did not elaborate on the example,Sibal said the seminar should take this thought ahead. If the impact of such a violation is on India,then Indian courts must have the jurisdiction. That should apply across the world, he said.
National Security Advisor Shivshankar Menon,who also spoke at the event,did not take specific questions on the issue but said that it is not a settled issue in international laws. That is why you need an agreement and consensus on it.
Menon said that the government is committed to protecting the privacy of individuals and ensuring democratic nature of the Internet by keeping it protected. He said that the government had undertaken a project to protect Critical Information Infrastructures which have seen increasing cyber attacks in recently. He said that a process of notifying CIIs under the IT Act and a National Political Information Protection Centre is also being set up. The National Crisis Management Plan has already identified 9 sectors for protection defence,finance,space,ICT,I & B,public essential services and utilities,law enforcement and security, he said.