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privacy

Are you being watched?

Governments adopting trace-and-track apps to prevent the spread of the pandemic have raised questions about the ‘right balance’ between pandemic response and privacy considerations. James Nunn-Price and Manish Sehgal set out the risks and...
contracts

Managing outsourcing contracts

Outsourcing companies face severe operational challenges under the pandemic and understanding the impact of the force majeure clause and the doctrine of frustration is important in determining recourse for parties. Arijita Kakati and Aparna...
India

Indian Law Firm Awards 2020

And the winners are ... Rebecca Abraham reports Companies and law firms across India have been grappling with a global pandemic in what was already a challenging market, and are now facing an economic downturn....
COVID-19

How COVID-19 affects personal health data

By Deeksha Manchanda, Chandhiok & Mahajan
Governments and civil societies worldwide are making dramatic efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. In India, notices have been placed outside the homes of people under quarantine or with the names of those...
internet

India unplugged

As the country grapples with the dual realities of Digital India and being the ‘internet shutdown capital of the world’, Amar Sundram analyses a recent Supreme Court judgment challenging blackout actions in Kashmir. The Narendra...
sandbox

The curious case of the privacy sandbox

By Lagna Panda, Chandhiok & Mahajan
In December 2019, the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 (PDP bill), was introduced in parliament and was then referred to a joint parliamentary committee for review. Compared to the 2018 version, the PDP bill...
editor

When families fail

Is all really fair in love and war? When it comes to warfare between siblings, or in families, there is often little that is fair or reasonable. As seen in many a Bollywood movie, and...
deals

Deals of the Year 2019

India Business Law Journal reveals the most significant deals and disputes of 2019 and the law firms that worked tirelessly to bring them to fruition The best transactions for the past year in India came...
data

Regulating data: Will fintech need a new approach?

By Shilpa Mankar Ahluwalia, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
Fintech relies heavily on data. Its ability to effectively analyse non-traditional data sources and deliver customized financial products has been vital to the industry. Any law that regulates the manner in which data is...
transaction

High court ruling on guarantor cheques

The High Court of Kerala has held that the presumption under section 139 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881 (NI Act) applies even to a cheque issued by a guarantor, as it is being...
Intermediaries

SC: No defamation protection for intermediaries

The Supreme Court, in Google India Pvt Ltd v Vishakha Industries and Anr, clarified that intermediaries cannot claim protection from defamation under section 79 of the Information Technology Act, 2000 (IT Act). Asbestos manufacture Vishakha...
harassment

India in 2020: Tackling sexual harassment 

This article is one of four in an annual Vantage Point series where in-house counsel identify key risks and opportunities in the year ahead With the Sexual Harassment of Women at Workplace (Prevention, Prohibition &...
data

India in 2020: Relief in sight from data protection bill?

This article is one of four in an annual Vantage Point series where in-house counsel identify key risks and opportunities in the year ahead The Joint Parliamentary Committee (JPC) report on the revised Personal Data...
digital

India in 2020: Digital transformation is key for GCs

This article is one of four in an annual Vantage Point series where in-house counsel identify key risks and opportunities in the year ahead The need for general counsel (GC) in 2020 will be...
FDI

India in 2020: Easing restrictions on foreign investment

This article is one of four in an annual Vantage Point series where in-house counsel identify key risks and opportunities in the year ahead Foreign direct investment (FDI) is a major monetary source for India’s economic...
data

Juggling act

The evolution of the personal data protection bill is influenced by the need to protect the interests of businesses, the government and the individual, writes Yukti Sharma India’s journey to a personal data protection law...
bill

PDP bill reaches parliament

The much-awaited Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 (PDP bill) was introduced in the Lok Sabha (lower house) of the parliament on 11 December 2019. The PDP bill has been substantially revised from the draft PDP Bill, 2018, which was...
privacy

Privacy law and its commercial implications

By Manoj Kumar, Hammurabi & Solomon
On its way to becoming a US$5 trillion economy with nearly 500 million web users, India is second only to China as the largest online market in the world. Increased net penetration, exponential increases...
Hotels

Hotels are liable for theft of guest’s vehicles

In a recent judgment, the Supreme Court held that in a case of theft of a vehicle given for valet parking, the hotel owner cannot contract out of liability for its negligence, or that...
data

Committee to look into NPD governance

The Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology has constituted a committee, headed by former Infosys CEO Kris Gopalakrishnan, to explore the governance of non-personal data (NPD). MeitY emphasizes the need to recognize the economic...