Topic– Science and Technology- developments and their applications and effects in everyday life
5) Discuss the principles behind the data protection framework in India as proposed by the The Committee of Experts on a Data Protection Framework for India. Also discuss why it is important to define personal data.(250 words)
Why this question
Data protection is essential to protect the growing number of netizens’ privacy, their right to life. In this direction a committee was formed in 2017 which has presented a report with important findings.
Key demand of the question.
The question wants us to write in detail about the principles behind the data protection framework as proposed by the given committee. It also wants us to discuss why it is important to define personal data in this connection.
Discuss- This s an all-encompassing directive which mandates us to write in detail about the key demand of the question. We also have to discuss about the related and important aspects of the question in order to bring out a complete picture of the issue in hand.
Structure of the answer
Introduction – write a few lines about the growing privacy concerns, their scale and extent, growing no. of netizens which warrant a comprehensive data protection framework in the country.
- Briefly introduce the committee- Chair: Justice B. N. Srikrishna; and Discuss the principles as proposed by the committee. E.g (i) law should be flexible to take into account changing technologies, (ii) law must apply to both government and private sector entities, (iii) consent should be genuine, informed, and meaningful, (iv) processing of data should be minimal and only for the purpose for which it is sought, (v) entities controlling the data should be accountable for any data processing, (vi) enforcement of the data protection framework should be by a high-powered statutory authority, and (vii) penalties should be adequate to discourage any wrongful acts.
- Discuss why it is important to define personal data. Use the help of the information given by the report to form your answer.
Conclusion– sum up your discussion in a few lines and form a fair and a balanced conclusion.