Big tech or Big Brother? Indian privacy and content regulation approaches in light of international law

Event Date & Time

February 24, 2019 – 06:15 PM


Dan Shefet, Specialist in IT and Internet Law

Event Details

Dan Shefet is a French lawyer born in Denmark and founder of the Cabinet Shefet law firm (140 rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris).He got a Philosophy and Law degree at the University of Copenhagen.His main areas of activity are Intellectual Property Law, IT Law and Competition Law, and he is particularly interested in the application of European and International IT Law to human rights.
Dan is an advisor to the French Senate on IT law, and has participated in the preparation of legislative bills (Creation of an internet ombudsman, Sanctioning of Fake News, Prohibition of bitcoin ATMs).

He is also UN Special Data Rapporteur on Data Privacy, an expert with the Council of Europe and with UNESCO, authoring the report Policy options and regulatory mechanisms for managing radicalization on the internet.He is also an instructor at UNICRI (United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice ResearchInstitute) and the Academy of European Law..

Dan is a frequent speaker at international conferences on IT law, Data Privacy and Content Regulation, including OECD, Cyber Law and Cyber Security, MAPIC, European Data Ethics Forum, and UNESCO.He was most recently a plenary speaker at the TECH conference of the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and SustainableDevelopment in Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Here are some links to media appearances and interviews of Dan Shefet

Event Description

Some of the most sensational issues making headlines have to do with Big Tech (whether GAFA* or FATBAG**) turning into Big Brother.

Dan has many exciting stories to tell from his wide-ranging legal experience in this domain and his confrontations with companies such as Google, concerning one of the most pressing global issues of today, that is data privacy and the surveillance power of Big Tech.

Dan will analyse, with interesting cases, the different theories applied by India, the European Union and the US on Data Privacy laws and Content Restrictions on the Internet.

The Indian government has taken the approach that data should be considered stored in India thus applying a strict principle of territoriality to such companies. What are the theories followed in other countries and what are the applicable principles under international law? How do we see the future regulation of territoriality on the Internet and how do we ensure its universality if each and every country applies its own laws, which often conflict with others and especially those of the US?

Dan will also present his recent initiative to introduce a general principle of accountability on the internet in order to secure the protection of human integrity, through the association AAID (Association of Accountability and Internet Democracy).

*Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon **Facebook, Amazon, Tencent, Baidu, Ant and Google

Participation Fee

30 € for Dinner. IPA members can use coupons if applicable.

Mode of Payment:

By cheque in the name of the restaurant or Credit Card Only


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