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Tweet Chat on Data Privacy Gets Half Million Impressions in an Hour

Tweet Chat on Data Privacy Gets Half Million Impressions in an Hour

Privacy concerns have got a heightened attention globally, particularly after the controversy of Facebook data breach. Laws on privacy and data protection are now getting stricter. E.g. non-compliance to GDPR can cost organisations dearly, besides the risk of reputation and revenues losses. Not too far behind, the Indian Government also recently issued the draft Data Protection Bill. A CISO’s role will be central in ensuring compliance once the proposed legislation comes into being.

dynamicCISO organised a tweet chat last week on pros and cons of data privacy in India. #India4DataPrivacy trended on twitter with some of the leading figures in the field of data protection. In an interactive, hour long session experts, CISOs, and InfoSec and data privacy professionals shared their opinions on how to best prepare for compliance post the proposed legislation. The session focused on how the bill will impact businesses and people. The chat saw participation from over 35 twitter handles with a cumulative reach of 200,000 people and half a million impressions in just about an hour. The panel of experts answered a range of questions on data privacy and its ramifications.

The expert panel included Shivangi Nadkarni, Co-founder & CEO, Arrka Consulting (@shivanginadkarn), Amar Singh, CEO and Founder, Cyber Management Alliance Limited (@cm_alliance), Na. Vijayashankar, Quantum Cyber Law Expert and GDPR Consultant (@Naavi), Gowree Gokhale, Technology, Media and Entertainment Law Practice, Nishith Desai Associates (@Gowree5), and Bala Ramanan, Director – Risk & Compliance, Microland (@b_ramanan).

With inputs from a tremendously enthusiastic participants, the chat raged for an hour and even later. The experts answer over than 50 questions. The questions were all interesting and the expert panel fielded them with elan. Rahul Neel Mani, Editor, Grey Head Media too joined in with his queries. Overall, the session was interesting, informative and fulfilling.

Here is a summary of a few of the questions and answers during the Tweet Chat.

Rahul Neel Mani: The new #dataprivacy framework in building up in #India. Where will it take us? Will it be a #GDPR for India? How will it address the #privacy and #dataprotection concerns?

Shivangi Nadkarni: We finally have a bill that empowers us as individuals. Something that ensures that personal data can no longer be taken for granted or used by anyone and everyone without our consent.

Muqbil Ahmar: What is the biggest challenge in compliance?

Na. Vijayashankar: The biggest challenge in compliance is not in the private sector. It is the public sector where it is not only the lack of culture but complete apathy to such principles that would create challenges #india4dataprivacy

Rahul Neel Mani: In my opinion, any new compliance component comes with its a set of upsides & downsides. For tech industry it is vital to prevent data leakage and maintain privacy. But on the other hand it is also equally important for legislature to ensure its implemented in the right spirit.

Muqbil Ahmar: Are we as a society tuned to the concept of data privacy? What would it take to reach there?

Amar Singh

Let’s be honest. Privacy starts with respect – respect for the individual’s rights. In India the basic respect for the individual is nonexistent. How will privacy ever be truly adopted.? Data residency is not the main issue here. The core issue is does the government actually understand what privacy is? How will it enforce current blatant abuse of the core concept of privacy?

Shipra Malhotra: What should be the starting point for CISOs/businesses with respect to the bill? Where and how to get started?

Sivangi Nadkarni: Pay attention to specific high risk areas – Web Sites, Mobile Apps, Analytics processes, social media. Watch for ‘Shadow Digital’ instances

Collaborate across your industry/ peers. Learn from others. Leverage each other’s learnings. Adopt a structured approach from day #1. First get your privacy org in place. Identify a clear owner and build the cross-functional team that’s required. Get the Board and CXOs aligned with the agenda.

Muqbil Ahmar: What does the bill mean for the technology industry?

Archie Jackson: In simple terms, its helpful. Technology industry is quite equipped to adhere to the bill’s requirements

Gowree Gokhale: First, it requires the understanding of overall obligations, Second, it mandates us to identify data collection and flow in the organisation. Third, we need to identify, which obligations will apply. Lastly, orgs shall think of taking professional assistance to implement compliance

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