Data Governance Meetups

Experiential discussions on engineering for security, compliance and privacy

Engineering for compliance and data governance is challenge for all industries and verticals. Whether it is data localization, compliance required to connect with public digital platforms, GDPR, CCPA or the impending Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill in India, companies have to engineer solutions for:

  1. Data acquisition
  2. Data storage
  3. Re-engineering data infrastructure for privacy
  4. Data anonymisation
  5. Data security
  6. Privacy, data and security audits

Data governance meetups are peer-to-peer learning sessions where practitioners share implementation experiences and insights with participants. Participants are welcome to submit topics and presentation ideas here.

Sessions are held monthly. Thus far, we have held meetings in July, August and September, covering GDPR compliance, frameworks for automating data governance and building resources that can help us, as tech industry, to establish standards for upcoming data governance laws. Video recordings are published on

October meeting will be held on Saturday, 10 October. Atif Akhtar of ThoughtWorks will speak about Data Catalogs and how to do them right. Mayur Ralekar of Skizzle will talk about end-to-end encryption as applied to email attachments

Participation in the monthly meetings is via Zoom, for registered participants. Alternatively, you can watch the YouTube livestream on this page.

About curators: This meetup series is curated by The Fifth Elephant alumnus, Rajat Venkatesh, with active involvement of Devangana Khokhar and Shadab Siddiqui.

For queries, contact 7676332020 or email

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Toufiq Ali


Data Governance at Contoso Inc.

Submitted Jul 21, 2020

Contoso Inc. is a large business group that deals with all kinds of unstructured data that is personally identifiable information & business-sensitive. Some geographies that they operate in, make regulatory requirements like GPDR mandatory to comply to. In this session, I would like to talk about a problem statement and discuss how a data governance framework can deal with all kinds of unstructured data and agile processes that allow implementing privacy controls grounds up or implementing privacy controls in the existing system.


  • Problem Statement
  • Data Governance Policy Skeleton
  • Process flows that enable uniform data governance.
  • Technical controls that validate privacy by design.


Date and time for the meeting.

Speaker bio

I am security professional with over a decade of experience in offensive security practices like vulnerability discovery, vulnerability exploitation, penetration testing, application security, red teaming, and cloud security. He is also experienced in a number of defensive practices such as vulnerability management, ,implementing secure coding practices, threat modeling, security architecture, blue teaming, DevSecOps, and designing security in systems grounds up.



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