Centre for Internet & Society

Privacy India invites individuals to attend the second "Privacy matters" conference, a one-day event on the 5th February 2011 at the TERI Southern Regional Centre, Bangalore. Privacy India, Society in Action Group, and the Centre for Internet & Society have joined hands to organize the event.

The “Privacy matters” conference will focus on discussing the challenges to privacy that India is currently facing. The right to privacy in India has been a neglected area of study and engagement. Although sectoral legislation deals with privacy issues, e.g., the TRAI Act for telephony or RBI guidelines for banking, India does not as yet have a horizontal legislation that deals comprehensively with privacy across all contexts. This lack of uniformity has led to ironically imbalanced results. In India today one has a stronger right to privacy over telephone records than over one’s own medical records.  The absence of a minimum guarantee of privacy is felt most heavily by marginalized communities, including HIV patients, children, women, sexuality minorities, prisoners, etc. – people who most need to know that sensitive information is protected.

The emergence of information and communications technologies over the past two decades has radically transformed the speed and costs of access to information. However, this enhanced climate of access to information has been a mixed blessing. Whilst augmenting our access to knowledge, this new networked information economy has also now made it much easier, quicker, and cheaper to gain access to intimate personal information about individuals than ever before. As people expose more and more of their lives to others through the use of social networks, reliance on mobile phones, global trade, etc., there has emerged a heightened risk of privacy violations in India.  As privacy continues to be a growing concern for individuals, nations, and the international community, it is critical that India understands and addresses the questions, challenges, implications and dilemmas that violations of privacy pose.

Who We Are

Privacy India was set up in collaboration with The Centre for Internet and Society (CIS), Bangalore and Society in Action Group (SAG), under the auspices of the international organization ‘Privacy International.’  Privacy International is a non-profit group that provides assistance to civil society groups, governments, international and regional bodies, the media and the public in a number of countries (see www.privacyinternational.org).  Its Advisory Board is made up of distinguished intellectuals, academicians, thinkers and activists such as Noam Chomsky, the late Harold Pinter, and others, and it has collaborated with organizations such as the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

'Privacy Matters' conference agenda

February 5th, 2011  ---  10:30 am - 4:30pm                              

TERI Southern Regional Centre 

4th Main, Domlur II Stage
 Bangalore - 560 071

Time Item
10:30 -10:45 Welcome Address
  • Who is PI and what are our objectives
  •  Why is privacy important in India
Prashant Iyengar (Lead Researcher at Privacy India)

Keynote: Ashish Rajadhyaksha
(Senior Fellow, Centre for the Study of Culture & Society)
Tea Break
11:30 –12:30 Session I: Privacy and Open Government Data
  •  Property Rights, Privacy, and Open Government Data:
 Zainab Bawa (CIS-RAW Fellow)
12:30 – 1:30 Session II: Privacy Rights and Minorities  

  •  Privacy Rights of Sexualality Minorities:
 Arvind Narrain (Alternative Law Forum)
  •    Now you see her, now you don’t - Issues of sex workers and questions around privacy:
 Shubha Chacko (Sangama)
  • The UID and Refugees:
Sahana Basavapatna
1:30 – 2:30
2:30 – 3:00 Session III: Identity and Privacy
  •   Malavika Jarayam (Jayaram & Jayaram)  
  •  Hamish Fraser (Partner at Truman Hoyle, Sydney Australia)
  •   Michael Whitener (Principal and co-founder of VistaLaw International LLC)
3:00-3:30 Session IV:  Privacy and the Media/Social Networking
  •    Privacy and Social Networking:
 Ujjvala Ballal (Inclusive Planet)
  • Privacy Issues in Social Networking Websites:
 Gagan K. (NLSIU law student)
3:30 – 3:45 Tea break
3:45 – 4:30
Session V: Open discussion and opinion sharing



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