1115 | Privacy and Data Protection in India

Course Information

  • 2021-22
  • 1115
  • 5-Year B.A., LL.B. (Hons.), LL.M.
  • III, IV, V
  • Jul 2021
  • Elective Course

How does this course relate to the programme curriculum: Does it develop on a prior course in the programme or is it a foundational or standalone course?

We live in an age of big data, where technology has enabled governments and companies to monitor our lives more easily and cheaply. The relationship between the citizen and the State, as well as the citizen and big corporates is increasingly mediated through the use of technology, giving rise to concerns regarding privacy and surveillance, even as India continues to not have a data protection law. This course is thus a foundational introduction to data protection law in India, and to that extent, it serves as a standalone course.

Describe how you have approached the course. What have you included/excluded and why? Choice of materials: primary or secondary readings / case law;

The purpose of this course is to equip students to understand the nuances of the privacy and data protection debate in India. It is structured in 10 modules (40 hours) looking at the theories of privacy, and its relationship/interaction with anonymity, identity, encryption, surveillance, intermediary liability, health, and AI. In addition, the seminar will focus on the provisions of the PDP Bill 2019

To that extent, the choice of materials is a combination of primary and secondary readings, as well as case law discussions.