Sanrachna, The Policy research unit of SGT University held a panel discussion on ‘Emerging Privacy Challenges in Cyber World, at The Indian Law Institute, New Delhi on 25 September 2019.
The distinguished panel was chaired by Hon’ble Justice Shri Talwant Singh Ji with Prof. Upendra Baxi as the Guest of Eminence. Other distinguished members of the panel were Shri Ashok Arora, an eminent legal practitioner, Shri Neeraj Aurora, an eminent cyber law expert, Ms. Aditi Chaturvedi, and Ms. Rhythm Bhardwaj. The event was attended by over 100 students, faculty members, and legal professionals.
Hon’ble Justice Talwant Singh joined Delhi Bar in 1986 and practiced as a litigation lawyer at High Court and District Courts of Delhi till April 2000. His practice areas were Corporate Law, Family Law, Civil, and Criminal Law. He joined Delhi Higher Judicial Service in May 2000 as Additional District & Sessions Judge.
Apart from Judicial work, he has a great passion for use of ICT (Information & Communication Technology) in Courts and has been active in this field for the last more than 18 years and made his humble contribution to computerization of District Courts in Delhi. Recognizing Justice Singh’s interest in ICT, his services were requisitioned by Hon’ble Supreme Court of India as Member-Judicial of E-Committee in the year 2013. This Committee was entrusted with the responsibility to computerize more than 14,000 Courts all over India, which it completed in record time. He was also a member of the Software team responsible for the development of National CIS (Case Information System) for all District Courts in India in collaboration with NIC, Pune. During his address, Justice Talwant Singh shared several milestone judgments in the Data Privacy Space.
Prof. Upendra Baxi enlightened the audience on the need for globalization and the need to act responsibly as far as data is concerned.
Prof. Upendra Baxi was the vice-chancellor of the University of Delhi (1990–1994), prior to which he held the position of professor of law at the same university for 23 years (1973–1996). He has also served as the vice-chancellor of the University of South Gujarat (1982–1985) and since 1996, he has been a professor of law in development at the University of Warwick, United Kingdom.
In 2011, he was awarded the Padmashree, the fourth highest civilian award in India, by the Government of India.
Mr. Ashok Arora, a well-known lawyer and former Secretary of Supreme Court Bar Association (India) is also the author of a number of articles and books. He graduated from Hindu college & later studied law at Campus Law Centre, Delhi University. He has had a career of thirty-eight years. In his impeccable style, Mr. Arora highlighted the need to assume joint ownership if the world seeks privileges of data privacy and protection.
Mr. Neeraj Aurora is an Arbitrator, Lawyer, Writer Analyst, and Strategist on the issues relating to Cyber Law, Cyber Crime, Cyber Forensic, and Cyber Warfare. On account of his blended mixture of his qualifications, training, and roles, he shared deep insight into the field of the cyber domain from the point of view of different stakeholders.
Ms. Rhythm Anand Bhardwaj, Legal Editor for Republic TV shared her experience in several landmark cases related to electronic media. She has a decade’s experience in covering courts, and politics. She has covered ICJ hearings at Hague and extradition hearings at London.
Ms. Aditi Chaturvedi, Counsel at Software Freedom Law Centre emphasized the need to develop clarity on the use of systems that link very sensitive personal data with public and private. Citing the example of Aadhaar, she said that, “while the Act permits the use of Aadhaar only in some cases, we aren’t able to understand where the line will stop”.
It was a rare occasion to hear views of some extraordinary luminaries on emerging data protection and privacy challenges in ever so increasing race to achieve an interconnected world.
By Rajneesh Wadhwa
Dean – Faculty of Engineering & Technology