IN-HOUSE INSIGHT: The Ethical Imperative - The In-House Counsel’s Role in Data Governance
As you step into the digital labyrinth of data protection, imagine for a moment that you, as an in-house counsel, are the guardian of secrets in a high-tech fortress, entrusted with the task of defending the treasure trove of personal information from the relentless onslaught of data marauders!
DATA PROTECTION: Cyber Guardians
As digitisation and cyber threats rise, countries in Southeast Asia have enacted laws to protect personal data and prevent cyber-attacks. But with varying requirements across jurisdictions, the compliance burden for companies has only increased, and in-house counsel play a critical role in ensuring compliance with these laws by providing guidance on legal requirements and best practices.
Analysis: The PDP Act is almost here. Do you have a data officer yet?
India’s new data protection law has been months in the making. The Personal Data Protection Bill 2019 was tabled in parliament by the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology in December that year; since then it is being analysed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee in consultation with experts and stakeholders. Key aspects to the bill include sweeping mechanisms for protection of personal data, setting up a Data Protection Authority of India (DPA), a provision that the central government can exempt any government agency from the bill, and the “Right to Be Forgotten.” Since it was tabled, reaction has been mixed: There is the acknowledgement that India does need to fortify its data protection laws, coupled with the anxiety that the bill could be a serious threat to Indians' privacy. You can play a really cool card game to understand the bill better, and do also read this recent piece about the “arduous task” that lies ahead of the proposed DPA.