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Cameron to Press for Better Data Protection in India

Feb. 19 (Bloomberg) -- Prime Minister David Cameron will today agree on a plan with his Indian counterpart, Manmohan Singh, to step up the fight against cyber-crime as he seeks better protection for U.K. data held on Indian computer servers.

Cameron will discuss practical steps with Singh on the second day of a three-day visit to the South Asian nation, seeking to protect data against attacks from criminal gangs, terrorists and hostile states. Cameron is keen to share knowledge with Indian authorities over the next year to bolster cyber defenses.

“Other countries securing their data is effectively securing our data,” Cameron told reporters before his meeting with Singh in New Delhi today. “This is an area where Britain has some competitive and technology advantages.”

In December, the British government identified “real and growing threats to our interests in cyberspace” and drew up plans to combat attacks on data. It cited a PriceWaterhouseCoopers study showing that 93 percent of large corporations and 76 percent of small businesses last year said they had suffered a security breach.

“The threat comes from all sorts of different places and organizations, a lot of which is criminal,” Cameron said. “Hacking bothers me wherever it comes from,” he said, refusing to single out any nation in particular.

Cameron and Singh will agree to create a body that shares information affecting each country’s cyber space, according to the U.K. prime minister’s office. Police officers will share knowledge on forensic techniques and British security officials will be given permission to work in India.

To contact the reporter on this story: Gonzalo Vina in New Delhi at gvina@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: James Hertling at jhertling@bloomberg.net

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