Topic: Governance, accountability, transparency, e-governance
2) Facebook’s current privacy crisis and questions about how Google gathers, uses and stores our personal information demonstrate an urgent need to review and replace inadequate and outdated ways to regulate data and information. Comment. (250 Words)
Why this question
Facebook, the world’s largest social media company has been involved in many controversies, ranging from manipulating US elections to collection of user data by Cambridge Analytica firm. Similarly google collects huge amount of data ranging from web searches to user location. This huge amount of data raises serious privacy and regulatory concerns.
This question comes under GS-3 syllabus- Challenges to internal security through communication networks, role of media and social networking sites in internal security challenges, basics of cyber security; money-laundering and its prevention.
Key demand of the question
The question wants us to deliberate upon the current mechanisms in place to regulate data and information in India and globally. Then it wants us to point out the deficiencies/limitations of these mechanisms/ institutions.
Comment- the answer should have a personal opinion derived from facts/ arguments. The opinion so derived should be backed by sufficient logic/ arguments.
Structure of the answer
Introduction- in the introduction part briefly discuss the corpus of data generated over Facebook and Google and how it affects the privacy of citizens.
Body- Divide the body of the answer into 2 parts. In one part, briefly describe the mechanisms/ institutions in place to regulate data and information in India and, globally. In the second part, discuss why these mechanisms/ institutions are inadequate.
Conclusion- in the conclusion part briefly mention some realistic solutions to the given problem.