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With electoral process in India is becoming increasingly advanced in terms of use of data, there is a need for a data protection framework to uphold a voter’s informational autonomy. Elucidate.

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4.With electoral process in India is becoming increasingly advanced in terms of use of data, there is a need for a data protection framework to uphold a voter’s informational autonomy. Elucidate. (250 words)

Reference: The Hindu

Why this question:

The author in the article discusses how with the electoral process tapping data in the country, a data protection framework must uphold a voter’s informational autonomy.

Key demand of the question:

The answer must discuss the need for a strong data protection framework to uphold the information of the voter in the elections of the country.

Directive:

Elucidate – Give a detailed account as to how and why it occurred, or what is the particular context. You must be defining key terms where ever appropriate, and substantiate with relevant associated facts.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Briefly explain the context of the question.

Body:

Explain first how in recent times Indian electoral system has advanced and upgraded itself in terms of use of data but however it still has lacunae on the front of protection of this information making the voter’s information vulnerable. Discuss specific issues such as micro targeting by the government, take cues from the article and bring out the challenges involved. Comment on the front of privacy laws, need to enforce better framework.

Conclusion:

Conclude by suggesting solutions to address the above issues, assert upon the need to develop a robust framework to address the issue.