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Examine the implications of the withdrawal of Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. Do you think its withdrawal is justified? Critically comment.

Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.

4. Examine the implications of the withdrawal of Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. Do you think its withdrawal is justified? Critically comment. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Reference: Indian Express

Why the question:

On Wednesday, the Minister for the Ministry of Electronics and IT (MEITY), Ashwini Vaishnaw, withdrew the Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019. The reasons for the withdrawal were circulated in a note to MPs, which stated that, “considering the report of the JPC (Joint Parliamentary Committee), a comprehensive legal framework is being worked upon…”.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the impact of withdrawal of data protection bill and to comment on its withdrawal.

Directive word: 

Critically comment – When asked to analyse, you must examine methodically the structure or nature of the topic by separating it into component parts and present them in a summary. When ‘comment’ is prefixed, we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction: 

Begin by giving the aims and objectives of Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019

Body:

First, in brief, highlight the major features of Personal Data Protection Bill, 2019

Next, write about the implications of its withdrawal – on the rights of people, on tech companies, privacy aspect etc.

Next, write about if the withdrawal is justified – cite examples and statistics to substantiate your views.

Conclusion:

Conclude by writing a way forward in order to have robust data protection law in India.