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#NAMAprivacy: Consent and the need for a data protection regulator

In our other reports on the Consent panel at the #NAMAprivacy conference in Delhi, we look at whether we should do away with consent altogether, and ways of fixing consent. The alternative solution posited was that of having a privacy and data regulator, and a third option was the combination of having better consent norms, and a data regulator. But isn't regulation broken too? Chinmayi Arun, Executive Director of the Centre for Communication Governance at the National Law University, Delhi, made a case for paternalistic regulation, and not leaving everything to consent: "There is an information asymmetry problem, and sometimes users don't have all the information. There's a bounded rationality problem, where even if users are given the information, they're not able to process what they're told. There's also a predictability problem: a lot of the time technology companies are in…

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