About

Bhairav Acharya, a privacy, technology, and free speech lawyer, practises in the Supreme Court of India

I am a lawyer and policy specialist interested in privacy, technology, freedom of expression, and the internet. I am currently a Program Fellow at New America’s Open Technology Institute in Washington, DC.

A few years ago, I advised the Centre for Internet and Society (cis-india.org) on privacy law, free speech, and other constitutional issues. I coordinated a national project to propose an Indian privacy law in collaboration with EU data protection officials and India’s technology industry. Before that, I worked in-house with a multinational information technology company on data protection and technology law.

Until 2009, I practised constitutional law with a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India where I worked on cases involving free speech, civil liberties, internet regulation, counter-terrorism, privacy, censorship, surveillance regulation, and more. During this time, I also co-directed a non-profit legal organisation which intervened in several significant free speech and civil liberties litigations in India’s constitutional courts.

I have deposed before parliamentary committees, advised the federal law ministry, served on government advisory committees, and assisted with legislative drafting. I have published extensively on free speech and technology policy, spoken at conferences and universities, and managed a pro bono legal services non-profit organization. I was named an International Visitor Leader in cyber security and internet law by the U.S. State Department.

I am a graduate of the National Law School of India University, Bangalore, and the University of California, Berkeley.

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