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All Posts | Jan 03,2018

Public Discussion on Privacy & Data Protection: The Road Ahead

Date: 18 December 2017

Venue: Hotel Avenue Center, Kochi, Kerala, India

People in attendance: ~70

 

Key Note

Speaker: Justice A. K. Jayasankaran Nambiar, Judge, Kerala High Court

Content: Justice Nambiar spoke about the historical evolution of privacy and the need to have a public consultation before laws are formulated. He was highly critical of a rights based approach to law-making. He prefers a model based on the ancient Indian concept of Dharma. He said that problems are arising in the legal system because of a selfish approach that is promoted by rights based models that have been imported from foreign jurisdictions. In his view, following a model based on duties would solve various societal issues.

 

Presentation

Speaker: Prasanth Sugathan, Legal Director, SFLC.in

Content: Prasanth spoke about the European data protection framework which often serves as a point of reference for legislators. He explained the current status of privacy and data protection in India, the need to have a data protection law in India, and what such a law should consist of. He introduced the public to terms such as data controller and data processor, and the nine-member expert committee’s white paper on data protection framework in India.


Panel Discussion

Panelists:

  1. Dr. Joseph Francis, Assistant Professor, Rajagiri School of Business

  2. Mr. Jayarishnan Kurup, CEO, Xtend technologies

  3. Mr. Raghul Sudheesh, Editor-in-Chief, Indian Jurist

Moderator: Prasanth Sugathan, Legal Director, SFLC.in

Content: The panel discussed specific issues of data protection such as consent, notice, sensitive personal data, right to access, right to rectification, enforcement models, accountability and enforcement tools, data breach notifications and categorization of data controllers, among others. The panelists spoke about the need to have a data protection law that takes into account both the rights of the people and the costs of compliance so that it does not overburden businesses. People raised various questions about Aadhaar, cyber security, collection of their data by apps, theft of their data from devices and issues with legal compliance to data protection requirements. The discussion occurred in English and Malayalam.

 

The panel discussion was followed by a dinner.

All Posts | Dec 19,2017

[Press Release] SFLC.in organizes public discussion on ‘Privacy & Data Protection: The Road Ahead’ today in Kochi

Kochi, December 18, 2017: Delhi-based not-for-profit legal services organization SFLC.in today organized a public discussion on ‘Privacy & Data Protection: The Road Ahead’ today in Kochi, Kerala. The discussion was organized in light of recent developments in India’s privacy and data protection landscape, including a historic decision by a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court upholding the fundamental right to privacy, the constitution of an expert committee on data protection by the Government of India, and the publication of a white paper by said committee seeking public comments on key aspects of a data protection legislation.

The discussion consisted of: (i) a keynote address by Hon’ble Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar (Judge, Kerala High Court) on the historical evolution of privacy and the need to have a public consultation before laws are formulated; (ii) a presentation by Prasanth Sugathan (Legal Director, SFLC.in) on the European data protection framework which often serves as a point of reference for legislators, including GDPR compliance requirements, the need to have a data protection law in India, terms such as data controller and data processor, and concepts such as notice and consent; (iii) a panel discussion on the Indian framework; and (iv) a networking dinner. The panel consisted of Dr. Joseph Francis (Assistant Professor, Rajagiri School of Business), Mr. Jayakrishnan Kurup (Co-Founder and Director, Xtend technologies), Mr. Raghul Sudheesh (Editor-in-Chief at Indian Jurist), and was moderated by Prasanth Sugathan.

The panel introduced 72 attendees to the issues of Right to Privacy, current status of privacy and data protection in India, the nine-member expert committee’s white paper on data protection framework in India, and discussed specific issues of data protection such as consent, notice, sensitive personal data, right to access, right to rectification, enforcement models, accountability and enforcement tools, data breach notifications and categorization of data controllers, among others. People voiced concerns about collection of their data by apps, theft of their data from devices and issues with legal compliance. The discussion took place in English and Malayalam.

About SFLC.in:
SFLC.IN is a donor supported legal services organisation that brings together lawyers, policy analysts, technologists, and students to protect freedom in the digital world. SFLC.IN promotes innovation and open access to knowledge by helping developers make great Free and Open Source Software, protect privacy and civil liberties for citizens in the digital world by educating and providing free legal advice and help policy makers make informed and just decisions with the use and adoption of technology. You can support their work by making tax-deductible donations and providing feedback.

All Posts | Dec 12,2017

[Public Discussion] Privacy & Data Protection: The Road Ahead; December 18, 2017

SFLC.in is organizing a public discussion titled “Privacy & Data Protection: The Road Ahead” on Monday, December 18 at the Avenue Centre, Panampilly Avenue, Panampilly Nagar, Kochi from 5:00 PM onwards. This discussion is being organized in light of recent developments in India's privacy and data protection landscape, including a historic decision by a nine-judge Bench of the Supreme Court upholding the fundamental right to privacy, the constitution of an expert committee on data protection by the Government of India, and the publication of a white paper by said committee seeking public comments on key aspects of a data protection legislation.

These crucial developments present an excellent backdrop for a public discussion on privacy and data protection, as it will help stakeholders contribute more effectively to relevant policy processes during this transitory period. The discussion will include a keynote address by Hon’ble Justice A K Jayasankaran Nambiar (Judge, Kerala High Court), a presentation by Prasanth Sugathan (Legal Director, SFLC.in) on the European data protection framework which often serves as a point of reference for legislators, a panel discussion on the Indian framework featuring experts from the multi-stakeholder community, and a networking dinner.

If you would like to participate in this discussion, please register at this link latest by Saturday, December 16.

All Posts | Nov 22,2017

Seminar on IPR for Start Ups and Entrepreneurs in Software & IT Enabled Industries

The Technology Centre of Confederation of Indian Industry(CII) in association with Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) is organizing a Seminar on Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for Start Ups & Entrepreneurs in Software & IT Enabled Industries on November 22, 2017 at Hotel Holiday Inn, Kochi. The Program aims to provide a platform for Startups to discuss on range of perspectives pertaining to IP; the opportunities, challenges, and the role of IP for Startups in the rapidly evolving marketplace. The following topics will be discussed during the technical session:
  • Fundamentals of IPR for start-ups & entrepreneurs
  • IP journey for start ups - why, when, how and where to start.
  • Software licensing: proprietary software and open source software –  opportunities & challenges
  • IP transactions: practical tips to manage IP for start ups & entrepreneurs in ICT sector; understanding types of documents and contracts  in IPR
Prasanth Sugathan, Legal Director at SFLC.in will speak on the topic "Software Licensing: Proprietary Software and Open Source Software - Opportunities and Challenges" at 2:00 PM.

All Posts | Oct 04,2017

Digital Security Training in Kochi

We live in an era where human activity is producing unprecedented amounts of digital data. The popular saying these days is ‘data is the new oil’. The high value of this data along with the lack of awareness among people about rights has prompted corporations and governments alike to amass and exploit data for their purposes while posing long-term risks to the right to privacy and other civil liberties of citizens around the world. It has become imperative for everyone to protect their data, their privacy and digital communications.

We also live in an era of unprecedented surveillance. The technical capabilities of law enforcement and intelligence agencies are rapidly expanding, and even the best attempts at law reform can’t keep up with these new powers. Over and over again, we’ve seen these capabilities used against protected free speech activities, especially against the speech of marginalized people. Compounding the problem of government surveillance is that of corporate surveillance; we rely on a small handful of data-driven private companies for all of our computing needs, and many of these services are “free” because we are the product. These corporate entities regularly collude with law enforcement to share our private communications, searches, contacts, and more — quite often without our knowledge. By fighting against surveillance, we can reject an Internet controlled by a handful of powerful corporate entities and intelligence agencies, and take back our rights in the digital sphere.

In this context, SFLC.in is partnering with Democratic Alliance for Knowledge Freedom (DAKF) in Kochi to organize a Digital Security Training.

Venue: Ernakulam Public Library, Ernakulam
Date: 6 October 2017
Time: 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM

During the workshop we will be demonstrating and training the participants on popular cryptography tools like Tor and Signal. A dedicated session on mobile security will deal with specific measure to secure your phone from various common threats. The following are the objectives of the workshop:

  • Learn to protect privacy of your online communications
  • Learn to anonymize your online activity
  • Learn to encrypt your chat and emails with security that no one can break!

Speakers

Sukhbir Singh is a free software developer currently working with The Tor Project, a non-profit organization that organizes the development of the Tor network and other cryptography projects that provide anonymity and privacy. He is also an advocate of the Tor project and has been going around the world giving talks to promote the use of Tor and other related tools.

Sarath M S is the chief technologist at Software Freedom Law Center, India. He engages in research related to digital freedoms and develops tools for advocacy of civil liberties in the digital sphere. He loves reaching out to people who are new to software freedom, Internet freedom and help them find their space and contribute to the society.

Note: This post is a derivative of “What is the Library Freedom Project?” by Library Freedom Project, used under CC BY-SA 4.0.