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Interview with Mr. Billy Hawkes - Irish Data Protection Commissioner

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Maria Xynou recently interviewed Mr. Billy Hawkes, the Irish Data Protection Commissioner, at the CIS´ 4th Privacy Round Table meeting. View this interview and gain an insight on recommendations for data protection in India!

This research was undertaken as part of the 'SAFEGUARDS' project that CIS is undertaking with Privacy International and IDRC

The Irish Data Protection Commissioner was asked the following questions:

1. What powers does the Irish Data Commissioner´s office have? In your opinion, are these sufficient? Which powers have been most useful? If there is a lack, what would you feel is needed?

2. Does your office differ from other EU data protection commissioner offices?

3. What challenges has your office faced? What is the most common type of privacy violation that your office has faced?

4. Why should privacy legislation be enacted in India?

5. Does India need a Privacy Commissioner? Why? If India creates a Privacy Commissioner, what structure / framework would you suggest for the office?

6. How do you think data should be regulated in India? Do you support the idea of co-regulation or self-regulation?

7. How can India protect its citizens´ data when it is stored in foreign servers?



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