We are all set for our second discussion on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019, this time in Bangalore (January 16). The day will start with a workshop by a panel of experts, who, through a case-study approach, will parse the proposed legislation for start-ups and technology companies to help them understand its impact on their operations. If you work at a start-up, apply to attend the workshop here: bit.ly/2020pdp

Both the workshop and discussion will be held under Chatham House Rule (content may be reported on but speakers may not be attributed).

Agenda & Details — Workshop

VENUE: Spring Hall, Hotel Royal Orchid, Domlur, Bangalore
DATE: January 16 (Thursday)

  • 09:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Check-in and refreshments
  • 10:00 AM – 10:30 PM: Introduction to the Bill (covering key provisions that will affect companies)
  • 10:30 AM – 11:00 PM: Case-studies (on different types of industries)
  • 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Q&A

Experts conducting the workshop:

  • Jyotsna Jayaram (Trilegal), Vinay Kesari (Setu), Shodhan Babu (Panag & Babu Law Offices)

Agenda for Discussion

The workshop will be followed by a discussion on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. Since we already have more than 150+ confirmations, you can apply to be considered on the wait list here: bit.ly/2020pdp


  • 12:00 PM – 01:00 PM: Check-in & Lunch
  • 01:00 PM – 02:15 PM: Session 1: Users & Data Fiduciaries

    • Speakers: Harshitha Thammaiah (Xiaomi), Vaneesha Jain (Saikrishna & Associates), Subhashish Bhadra (Omidyar Network), and Shweta Reddy (Centre for Internet and Society)
  • 02:30 PM – 03:45 PM: Session 2: Data Protection Authority
    • Speakers: Manasa Venkataraman (Facebook), and Alok Prasanna Kumar (Vidhi Centre for Legal Policy)
  • 03:45 PM – 04:00 PM: Break
  • 04:00 PM – 05:15 PM: Session 3: Government and its access to data
    • Speakers: Divij Joshi (Independent Researcher), Sarayu Natarajan (Aapti Institute), and Nayantara Ranganathan (Internet Democracy Project)
  • 05:30 PM – 06:45 PM: Session 4: Cross-border data flows
    • Speakers: Nikhil Narendran (Trilegal), Arun Prabhu (Cyril Amarchand Mangaldas), and Rohan Seth (Takshashila Institution)
  • 07:00 PM – 08:30 PM: Drinks & Dinner

Reading List

First up, the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 [pdf], and its key aspects.

  • Decoding the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 [read]
  • Arriving soon: India’s data protection law. Where should organisations begin? [read]
  • Mozilla’s statement on the Bill: India’s new data protection bill: Strong on companies, step backward on government surveillance [read]
  • Action items [pdf] and a detailed compliance checklist [pdf] for the Bill
  • Personal Data Protection Bill strikes a discordant note on ‘non-personal data’ [read]
  • New data bill gives sweeping powers to govt [read]

MediaNama’s Expert Series on the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019

  • Considering consent and offences [read]
  • Regulatory governance under the PDP Bill: A powerful ship with an unchecked captain? [read]
  • Considering data localisation and its effects on payments [read]
  • Looking at social media intermediaries and significant data fiduciaries [read]

MediaNama is hosting this discussion with support from Google and Facebook.

For any further questions or suggestions for the reading list, write to Aditi Agrawal at aditi@medianama.com. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday :)

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