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5) The draft Personal Data Protection Bill poses a danger to the hard-won right to information. Critically Examine.(250 words)

Topic – Indian Polity: Issues

5) The draft Personal Data Protection Bill poses a danger to the hard-won right to information. Critically Examine.(250 words)

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Why this question

The article talks about one more issue with the BN Srikrishna committee report. The current article highlights how the provisions of the draft data protection Bill are at odds with RTI Act and transparency provisions.

Key demand of the question

The question expects us to bring out the pros and cons of the provisions of the draft Bill of those provisions which are against the provisions of RTI Act and transparency. Finally we need to provide a fair and balanced opinion on the provisions of the draft Bill and discuss the way forward.

Directive word

Critically examine – When you are asked to examine, you have to probe deeper into the topic,  get into details, and find out the causes or implications if any . When ‘critically’ is suffixed or prefixed to a directive, all you need to do is look at the good and bad of something and give a fair judgement.

Structure of the answer

Introduction – Give a background of the data protection Bill and talk about the challenges emanating for RTI Act from all corners

Body

  • Highlight the provisions of the draft Bill which create such a conundrum
    • Provisions related to personal data and the need to amend RTI act to protect “personal data”
    • Srikrishna Committee suggests amending this clause to authorise public information officers, or PIOs, to deny information containing ‘personal data’, if they feel that such disclosure is likely to cause harm to ‘the data principal’, and if such harm outweighs public interest.
  • Highlight that such a step is necessary for protecting the privacy of data, tackles with the unnecessary demands raised under RTI Act etc
  • Highlight how such provisions are antagonistic to the ideals of transparency and accountability and would grant greater discretion and further the travails of RTI Act

Conclusion – Give a fair and balanced conclusion and discuss the way forward.

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