Technology and Data Privacy

Technology has been the driving force behind the Indian economy for the last two decades. After the dotcom era, tech start-ups took over their pivotal role in bringing in foreign investment and creating jobs. The Indian government enacted the Information Technology Act 2000 in order to facilitate the growth of technology and tech-related transactions and then amended it in 2008 to combat the menace of cyber-crimes. Indian lawyers who understand technology and tech-driven transactions have played a significant role in supporting the growth and development of Indian technology MNCs which have created Indian business outposts all over the world. India has had data privacy regulations since 2011 and now a new data privacy statute, on par with GDPR, is on the anvil. Indian lawyers are poised to play an important role in interpreting the new law and assisting in its implementation.

Argus Partners has a developed a strong and a robust technology and data privacy practice, which spans transactional advisory, corporate and regulatory advisory as well as contentious matters and disputes. Whilst physically the attorneys are based out of our Mumbai & Bangalore offices, the team is servicing clients across the globe on Indian legal issues in technology and data privacy.

We carry out innovative research into the potential impact of the applicable technology and data privacy regulations on Indian businesses. A number of papers relating to the draft Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019 and technology related topics such as blockchain and cryptocurrencies, have been published on the Firm’s online Knowledge Centre.

We advise some of the largest financial institutions, investors as well as tech companies and other corporates on technology regulations and data privacy laws (including legal issues arising out of the migration of data across borders). With the added benefit of relevant domain expertise our services also include identifying legal, regulatory and contractual risks in investment transactions and in M&A in the technology sector. We also advise (both vendors and customers) entering into outsourcing transactions by assisting in negotiating industry-standard outsourcing agreements and implementing best practices and contractual safeguards, and represent banks and other corporates who purchase software or other technology from IT vendors and assist them in documenting the terms of payment, escrow mechanisms for the object code and/or source code, the indemnities offered by the vendors and the terms of usage.

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Suchita Ambadipudi

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Papers & Publications

10th Dec, 2020

SCHREMS II - Impact on Indian Companies

The Court of Justice of the European Union (“CJEU”) on July 16, 2020 passed a…

28th Sep, 2020

Anti-Cyber Bullying Laws in India - An Analysis

Bullying Bullying may be characterised as an intentional act by a perpetrator which, though may…

19th Aug, 2020

Exploring Property Rights in Personal Data

Introduction Privacy of personal data is a relatively new legal concept, one which has taken…

21st Jul, 2020

Report by the Committee of Experts on Non-Personal Data Governance…

Introduction Just as there has been an exponential spurt in awareness regarding the sanctity of…

RECENT Updates

21st Apr, 2021

BIS establishes data privacy assurance standards

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05th Mar, 2021

Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology notifies the Information Technology (Intermediary Guidelines and Digital Media Ethics Code) Rules, 2021

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17th Feb, 2021

DST Issues Guidelines Liberalising Indian Mapping Policy

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