MediaNama invites you to apply to attend online discussion on Privacy in the era of COVID19, being held on the 29th of April 2020.

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Unprecedented measures are being taken, in these unprecedented of times, and the health of many is being pitted against the privacy of individuals. Technology is being actively used to track the spread of contagion; Lists of those in quarantine in Karnataka, Delhi, Nagpur, Ajmer and Gurgaon were published or leaked. Even lists of foreign-returnees leaked in Madhya Pradesh, including those of children. In Delhi, Karnataka and Mumbai, those in quarantine are being tracked. Photos of houses marked as quarantined have circulated on messaging platforms. In Karnataka, those quarantined are being asked to upload selfies hourly, and also being geo-fenced. In several parts of India, drones are being used to surveil locations in lockdown.

Our discussion will seek to understand:

  • The impact of COVID19 on our understanding of privacy
  • The impact that the implementation of these measures are likely to have on the Personal Data Protection Bill, which is currently with the Joint Parliamentary Committee.
  • Understand what norms may be put into place during emergency situations, in order to bring in transparency, accountability and proportionality to measures being taken.

This session will follow the Chatham House rule, with a curated multi-stakeholder audience, and participation will be by invitation only.

Date: April 29, 2020 (Friday)
Time: 2:30 PM (Check-in at 2:15 PM)
Venue: Link for the online discussion will be shared with confirmed participants

Participation in this discussion is by invitation only. If you’d like to be invited to the discussion, please fill up this form. We will have a limited set of participants, and application does not guarantee participation. Please feel free to suggest points of discussion and questions you think ought to be raised, in the application form.

Note: Registration does not guarantee attendance. In case you fit our mandate for the intended audience, we’ll send you a confirmation on or before April 28th, 2020. Your contact information will never be shared with anyone outside of MediaNama.

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