Topic: Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
3. Data Protection law must aim to safeguard national interests through data sovereignty, nationalism and localisation of non-personal data. Do you think that the recently proposed Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 is antithetical to right to information? Comment. (250 words)
Difficulty level: Tough
Why the question:
The deadline for comments on the Digital Personal Data Protection (PDP) Bill, 2022, has been extended till January 2, 2023. The Bill of 2022 incorporates hefty penalties for non-compliance, but which are capped without any link to the turnover of the entity in question.
Key Demand of the question:
To analyse the proposed Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022, its potential and limitations in upholding right to information.
Comment– here we must express our knowledge and understanding of the issue and form an overall opinion thereupon.
Structure of the answer:
Begin by writing about the aims and objectives of Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022.
In the first part, write about the major provisions of Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022.
Next, write about the positives of the bill in ensuring adequate safeguards in upholding the right to privacy.
Next, write about the major shortcomings of the Digital Personal Data Protection Bill, 2022 and especially in regards to putting limitations on right to information.
Conclude by writing a balanced opinion.