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Future of Privacy in India

by Prasad Krishna last modified Mar 26, 2013 05:14 AM
DSCI and ICOMP are organizing a meet on Privacy at the Oberoi Hotel in New Delhi on April 5, 2013. Sunil Abraham will be participating in this event as a speaker.

In recent years, there has been an increasing deployment of ICT in the collection of personal information by both private sector and state agencies. Data is a reason for empowerment for both commercial and public purposes. The prolific use of the Internet for search, social networking cloud computing and e-commerce transactions places increasing amounts of personal information and Internet history in hands of dominant private sector players. Data is undeniably the capital of the Internet.  While technology has evolved to be able to collect, store and mine increasing amounts of data for improved public services or for commercial purposes, there are understandable concerns over the lack of accountability for the purposes and limits of the use of personal data. These concerns demand an appropriate regulatory framework for Privacy.

As an important step toward formulating the privacy bill, an Expert Group headed by Justice A P Shah provides inputs based on a study of the international landscape of privacy laws, along with the predominant privacy concerns ensuing from technological advancements. The Committee’s report, submitted in Oct 2012 has recommended Nine Principles as the cornerstone for privacy legislation. While the Privacy Act is under development, DSCI and iCOMP are organizing a meet focusing on the following areas:

  • Outline an appropriate Indian context for privacy: the nine principles
  • Presentation of the state of play on privacy in key markets (practices, Issues, regulatory interventions)
  • Analyse the scope and implications of data collection by public agencies in India.
  • Analyse privacy challenges and risks related to  commercial use of data collected on the Internet by private players
  • Consider how India can address these challenges and enshrine privacy principles in legislation

Key Speakers

  • Dr. Gulshan Rai, DG, CERT-In*
  • Mr. Simon Davis, London School of Economics
  • Mr. Manoj Joshi, JS, DOPT*
  • Mr. Kanta Roy, CEO, NeGD*
  • Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, DSCI
  • Mr. Sunil Abraham, ED, CIS

* To be confirmed

Event Flow

Opening Remark by Mr. S V Divvaakar, Executive Director, ICOMP
Framework for Privacy Regulation in India, By Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, DSCI
Keynote Address
‘Privacy :The International state of play’, by Mr. Simon Davis, London School of Economics
Panel Discussion 1: Context of Privacy in India
Panel Discussion 2: Business responsibility in the age of ‘data driven’ transformations

Date: April 5, 2013
Time: 9.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m.
Venue: Oberoi Hotel, Nilgiri Room, New Delhi

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