Centre for Internet & Society

Microsoft, DSCI and Greyhead came together to organise India Privacy Meet at Hotel LeMeridien on June 29, 2012 in New Delhi. Sunil Abraham was a panelist in the event.


Welcome and Introduction: Rahul Neel Mani, Editor & Co-founder Grey Head Media
Conference Opening Remarks: Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO Data Security Council of India
Theme Address: Deepak Rout, CSO & Director Privacy, Microsoft India
Tea/Coffee Break
Panel 1: Consumer Privacy – Creating the Right Balance

Brief: Data Privacy is perhaps the most concerning issue in the digital age.  Consumer privacy or customer privacy, involves the handling and protection of sensitive personal information that individuals provide in the course of everyday  commercial or professional transactions. This involves exchange or use of data electronically or  by other means, including telephone, fax, writing, and word of mouth. With the advent and evolution of Internet and other electronic methods of mass communications, consumer privacy has become a major concern to deal with. Personal information, when misused or inadequately protected, can result in identity theft, financial fraud, and other problems that collectively cost  individuals, businesses, and governments. In addition, Internet crimes and civil disputes consume  law enforcement and judicial  resources, confound legislators and bureaucracy, and produce untold personal aggravation.

Key Discussion Areas:

  • Handling of Personal Information including Sensitive Personal Information
  • Customer education on understanding business models and motives behind collection and use of Personal Information?
  • Privacy legislation and striking the right balance between various objectives
  • Privacy by design, online tracking, and transparency issues
  • Role of Government, Academia and Citizen groups


  • Chair - Dr. Kamlesh Bajaj, CEO, Data Security Council of India (DSCI)
  • Sivarama Krishnan, Executive Director, PwC India
  • Pankaj Agarwal, Head of IT Governance & CISO Aircel
  • Prashant Mali, Advocate & Cyber Law Expert
  • Deepak Rout, CSO & Director Privacy, Microsoft India
  • Vishal Jain, Director, Ernst & Young
12:00p.m.- 01:00p.m. Panel 2: Citizen Privacy
Transparency, Accountability and Social Progress

Brief:  While citizens are  adopting  new technologies  which  are  increasingly  making it easier to share information more freely and thereby track individuals more easily, they are also demanding more accountability and openness. Experience indicates that having a more informed citizenry improves services, and accelerates innovation; thus the era of copious content has the potential to generate a host of new services and businesses. However, there is a need for greater transparency in the handling of citizen data and its legitimate use  in  governance and law enforcement. While new age technologies, if inappropriately used, have a potential impact on citizens’ privacy, they also arm us with the capability to protect citizen data and  provide opportunities for privacy conscious and transparent usage of such data, provided there is an enabling environment created by informed and responsible privacy legislation.

Key Discussion Areas:

  • Core objectives for privacy legislation
  • Role of government in protecting citizen privacy
  • Citizen awareness of privacy  concerns in today’s legal, business and technology landscape
  • Expectations of government  and  citizens on policies around usage and collection of personal data and ability to build profiles for being used for different purposes
  • Model privacy legislation


  • Chair - Nirmaljeet Singh Kalsi, Jt. Secretary, Ministry of Home Affairs
  • Na Vijaya Shankar, E-business Consultant & Cyber Law Specialist (Coordinator)
  • Sunil Abraham, Executive Director, Centre for Internet & Society
  • Akhilesh Tuteja, Executive Director, KPMG India
  • A P Singh, DDG, Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI)
  • Kailas Karthikeyan, Regulatory & Pub Policy Manager, Legal and Corp Affairs Microsoft

Conference Closing Remarks by Deepak Rout, CSO & Director, Privacy Microsoft India

Vote of Thanks

01:15p.m. onwards Lunch