Topic– Indian polity – issues
1)The draft Bill on data protection mooted by SriKrishna Committee goes a long way in addressing the privacy concerns of citizens with respect to their data. Critically analyze. (250 words)
Why this question
Srikrishna committee recommendations are very important for mains. The whole debate around data privacy, rights of government vs rights of citizen, critique of data regulation proposals will don the editorial columns in the next few days. This question will assist you in preparing the details of the committee’s recommendations and examining it.
Key demand of the question
The question expects us to discuss the overall rationale of the recommendations, quote them and then analyze how far do they help in addressing the privacy concerns of citizens. At the end, a fair and balanced opinion on the recommendations of the committee is to be provided along with suggestions going forward.
Critically analyze – When asked to analyze, you have to examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them as a whole in a summary. You need to conclude with a fair judgement, after analyzing the nature of each component part and interrelationship between them.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – Discuss the background to the formation of this committee, the necessity of bringing in data regulation post the Puttaswamy judgment of SC. In this context, mention that we need to examine the recommendations.
- Mention the overall principles espoused by the committee, the model of user consent by which they seek to protect data (data principle and data fiduciaries), and discuss how their recommendations fits into that scheme of things.
- Analyze how the draft Bill puts in place a data protection and regulation mechanism and how effective they would be. Compare and contrast the proposals with General Data protection regulations, which can be considered as world leading standards currently.
- Examine whether the proposals fall short of providing full control over personal data to citizens especially when pitted against the government.
Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced view and suggestions which in your opinion will benefit by incorporating them in draft Bill.