Roundtable Discussion on Personal Data in the Digital Economy: Rights & Safeguards

Roundtable Discussion in progress

The Supreme Court’s ruling of ‘Right to Privacy’ as a fundamental right formed the basic premise for an effective data privacy mechanism. In order to ensure a secure digital future focusing on empowerment and equal access for all citizens, it is imperative to address the regulatory concerns and ensure protection to personal data from the evolving risks of a data based economy.

India is close to having its own data protection law with the draft Personal Data Protection Bill which will be a significant step towards the protection of data privacy. Recently, the Expert Committee headed by retired Justice Srikrishna convened to draft a personal data protection Bill, which is expected to be tabled in the Parliament. Although the new Bill is set have serious implications for technology and digital services companies that do business in India, it aims to create a “big data-ready” framework.

In this context, a roundtable discussion on “Personal Data in the Digital Economy: Rights & Safeguards” was organized by the Governance & Public Policy Initiative-Centre for Policy Research (GPPI-CPR) on 13 December, 2018. The discussion was chaired and moderated by Prof Rajeev Gowda (MP, Rajya Sabha). Participants included a multi-party group of Members of Parliament representing both Houses as well as political leaders. Three specialists analysed and explained the details of the draft Bill through their presentations.