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Agenda, Questions, and Reading List for our discussion on Non Personal Data, Nov 28th, 2019, Delhi #Ad

We’re really looking forward to our open house discussion on “Non Personal Data” in Delhi, on November 28th 2019 at 1.30 PM at The Claridges. This is a topic that has confounded me for a while, and we realise that there are more questions than answers about Non Personal Data. We hope this discussion will help us understand issues related to its regulation, and we’re looking as much of an explorative discussion, as to a decisive one. (P.s.: We’re looking to do something in Bangalore too, so watch this space).

UPDATE: We’re switching our discussion to the Chatham House rule format, so there will be no video recording, no live streaming, and no attribution of participants. Given that this discussion is in a nascent stage and many people haven’t quite made up their minds about their stand on non personal data, we thought it would be best for people to be able to voice their views openly without the risk of that being attributed as a formal position.

We have lots of confirmations and are almost full, but if you would like to attend the discussion, we can put you on a waiting list. You can apply here: http://bit.ly/npddelhi

  • Date: 28th November 2019
  • Time: 1:30 PM (Lunch from 12:30 PM)
  • Venue: The Claridges Hotel, Delhi


  • 01:30 PM: Discussion on Non Personal Data and how it will be governed (Lunch will be served at 12:30 PM)
  • 04:15 PM: High Tea

Issues/Questions we are looking to discuss

  • Defining Non Personal Data (NPD) and discussing frameworks for dealing with:
    • Human related NPD (anonymized) and standards of anonymisation,
    • Non-human NPD
    • Granular non-human NPD)
    • Derived data
    • Mixed data
    • Who owns NPD datasets?
  • Objectives of NPD consultation
    • Data as a public good? Who owns non personal data datasets?
    • Data as an impediment to fair competition?
    • Community ownership of community data?
    • Taxation and NPD?
    • Security considerations?
    • Impact on Innovation?
  • Existing regulatory regimes around non-personal data
  • International trade and NPD
    • Intellectual property issues
    • Cross border data flows and NPD
  • Privacy concerns, de-anomymisation and oversight
  • Conditions for government access to non personal data and challenges
  • Challenges regarding sharing of data (data formatting/structure issues?) Will there be standardisation?
  • Regulation of Data Trusts
  • Regulation of Data Marketplaces
  • Open government data as NPD

Please feel free to send your questions to us, to Trisha Jalan, at trisha@medianama.com.

Reading List

  • The government’s Non-Personal Data Committee [read]
  • The Contours of Public Policy for Non-Personal Data Flows in India – Dvara Research [read]
  • Aruna Sundarajan and Jay Panda on non-personal data [read]
  • IT for Change on community data, in their submission to the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2018 [read]
  • Policy considerations while regulating non-personal data [read]
  • They Who Must Not Be Identified – Distinguishing Personal from Non-Personal Data Under the GDPR [read]
  • Community data in the draft e-commerce policy – Parminder Singh [read]
  • Treating data as commons is more beneficial, says UN report [read]

MediaNama is hosting this discussion with support from FTI Consulting, Amazon Web Services, and Facebook.

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Founder @ MediaNama. TED Fellow. Asia21 Fellow @ Asia Society. Co-founder SaveTheInternet.in and Internet Freedom Foundation. Advisory board @ CyberBRICS

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