Privacy Tech Survey

State of privacy, security and compliance in India's startups and tech industry.

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If you work in the Indian IT sector, and have strong views on privacy, privacy tech, and how organisations respond to security, compliance, privacy etc, please do take this survey. We are looking to answer questions around:

  1. Organizational structure, and culture: privacy organization(s) and controls inside companies
  2. Resource allocation: for training, education and skill development for building privacy enhancing technologies
  3. Individual factors such as gender, caste, and peer networks, and what impact they have on privacy requirements
  4. Nature of regulations and compliance that organizations are subjected to
  5. International and Regional Laws and how that may apply to Indian organisations

This survey is conducted by Privacy Mode, and is sponsored by Omidyar Network India (ONI).

These will help us understand the state of the industry, and how equipped it is to not only comply, but also to build standards for privacy laws in India.
We ask for some Personally Identifiable Information (PII Data) but this is to understand broader industry trends such as when does privacy matter and at what levels etc. We assure you no info you share will be published, and nothing you say can be traced back to you. A final report will be published, after aggregating insights and data collected from the survey, and after anonymizing any PII. As always, Hasgeek follows Chatham House Rules in public reports

Participate in the survey: You can participate in this survey by completing the form on

Some FAQs:
This survey seems skewed towards organisation representatives. I do not wish to disclose org info. Can I still participate?
Yes! You can still participate. The survey does want to get an understanding of what goes on inside Indian tech organisations and so, on first look the survey may appear to be skewed towards organisations. However, you are welcome to respond to it as a consultant, or as an individual who does not speak for an organisation.

What do we do with this data?
Firstly, we will anonymise and remove all PII. Second step, we will aggregate the information and insights and subject it to stringent analysis: both qualitative and quantitative. We are hoping this will eventually inform and help the industry better craft privacy respecting technologies and also function as a base from which best practices can be evolved. A final report will be published and made available to the industry that will, we hope, directly and indirectly benefit by creating better products, technologies, processes.

Why are we asking for caste, gender, and location?
This is an important question. Caste in tech is something that has been left unaddressed, and is now becoming a serious topic of discussion.
Social locations and such have a bearing on how one responds to requirements for privacy, and thus the tech one is building.
An individual’s requirements for privacy is a function of their social locations. An upper-caste, middle class, man believes that they may lose nothing or lose very little when their identity is exposed to a large group of relative strangers. However, a woman from a similar location would require a greater degree of care about their identity being exposed online. Change these variables, introduce caste, or gender identity, or sexual orientation and more, the need for privacy and privacy respecting technology goes higher. An individual in tech, who doesn’t think about privacy - given many of these social locations - will not consider it an important feature of the product they’re building. So individual requirements also impact how one addresses larger social concerns. Thus it is important for us to determine social locations when analysing privacy and responses to it.

Contact details: If you wish to know more about this survey, and other research activities undertaken by Privacy Mode, write to us on or call us on 7676332020.
PII will be anonymised, nothing will be revealed