Episode 3: Topic: Collaboration with the Global Internet Freedom Project at George Washington University (GW) Law School, data protection with reference to the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2020 (Pakistan) and data localisation

Guest: Arturo J. Carrillo, Clinical Professor of Law and founding Director of the International Human Rights Clinic at The George Washington University Law School, where he also co-directs the Global Internet Freedom Project. His research focuses on the intersection of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) and international law, especially human rights, with an emphasis on the promotion of Internet freedom principles worldwide.


The discussion revolved around the following points:

  • Collaboration between Bolo Bhi and students at the law clinic
  • Global trends in data protection laws especially Latin America 
  • Impact of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on data protection laws across the world
  • Pakistan’s proposed data protection law, specifically and problems with it 
  • No clear accountability state authorities and data held by themLack of distinction between the liabilities placed on small organisations and large organisations, and individuals and governments according to the data they hold and are accountable for
  • Oversight should be by an independent commission set up as statutory body under the law
  • Data localisation and its impact on speech and privacy
  • Contact tracing and best practices based on the EU’s recommendations on what to ensure with contact tracing apps so they abide by data protection laws

To view articles published under the collaboration click here. 

To read Director Bolo Bhi Usama Khilji’s OpEd on the Personal Data Protection Bill, click here.

To watch the complete video click here.

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