India stands as a formidable force in the tech industry today, with one of the fastest growing economies in the world. Expanding a business into India can be a complex endeavor, and companies looking to tap into the dynamic opportunities of this diverse market must comply with local laws, in addition to navigating the complexities of international trade.
Adhering to the data protection framework is a critical requirement of doing business, and the enactment of the Digital Personal Data Protection Act of 2023 (or the DPDPA) has brought in much needed clarity. If your business handles personal data, your current data protection practices may need to be updated to bring them in line with the DPDPA.
Doing business in India necessitates working with the personal data of Indian residents and it is essential to process this data only within the confines of the DPDPA. Any processing that is not in compliance with the DPDPA can lead to loss of reputation, monetary penalties, and even the blocking of your platform. The Data Protection Board of India ensures compliance with the DPDPA and has the power to impose penalties reaching up to INR 250 crore (EUR 28 million), for each offence.
FIRST PRIVACY enables businesses to seamlessly transform their pre-DPDPA era personal data processing practice to one that is fully-compliant. With over 20 years of experience in the field of data protection, we provide a range of services, covering everything from data protection to information security. Our goal is to ensure that your business complies with the DPDPA.
As a first step, we evaluate your business processes that involve personal data to identify any apparent risks. We conduct in-depth interviews with the relevant stakeholders within your business to map data flows to, from, and within India, both between group companies and third-parties. After completing this mapping, we will share a detailed gap analysis along with our pragmatic, business-oriented, and industry-guided solutions for mitigating the identified risks, in line with the DPDPA.
Your everyday support system
We want to assist our customers in establishing a data protection system that complies with the DPDPA, and assist you in executing your obligations as Data Fiduciaries or Data Processors.
Our tailor-made services include:
- Data mapping, including international transfers;
- Creation and maintenance of records of data processing activities, for easier compliance;
- Creating and updating consent notices and privacy policies;
- Drafting and negotiating Data Fiduciary-Data Processor agreements;
- Assistance in setting up grievance redressal mechanisms and DPO appointments;
- Trainings, including on handling data principal requests and data breaches;
- Data auditor services;
- Compliance monitoring.
Teresala Paul, LL.M.
Privacy Counsel | Privacy Counsel
Phone: +31 20 211 7114
Teresala is an India-educated lawyer with more than four years of experience working with multi-national corporations in India. She studied law at the National University of Advanced Legal Studies (NUALS), India, and completed the Advanced Master in Law and Digital Technologies from Universiteit Leiden, Netherlands.
At FIRST PRIVACY (Amsterdam), Teresala advises clients in Europe and India on data protection and compliance.
Languages: English, Malayalam and Hindi.
At FIRST PRIVACY, we support businesses in efficiently processing personal data while upholding the right to privacy. Our team of globally experienced professionals is ready to help Indian entities of multinational corporations in successfully managing compliance through business-friendly solutions.