Shashank Mishra is a graduate in law and arts, and advises on issues relating to law and public policy for a living. He takes keen interest in emerging technologies, communications and governance, and talks about their intersection with law and society. In spare time, he follows sports and theatre, and appreciates Urdu poetry and Indian music. Based in Delhi, he thrives on the nostalgia that being a small-towner in a big city evokes.
Where ignorance is bliss, /’tis folly to be wise.” Thomas Gray is commonly quoted today for the above lines. And yet, how often do we only quote “ignorance is bliss”, while being ignorant of his actual context? This is a tale of ignorance: that of our lawmakers towards our laws, our data and us. It is also a tale of our own ignorance of the implications of this. The laws in this tale are those relating to our data protection.