Free Program on Privacy Protection through Data Protection by FDPPI

On receipt of several requests, FDPPI intends to conduct a free 30 minute webinar on the “Privacy Protection through Data Protection”. The exact date and time will be finalized shortly.

It could be tentatively held on 15th April 2020 at 11.00 am  provided we have confirmed interest.

Interested persons may indicate by sending their request here by e-mail to



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Certificate Program to be accelerated

The Course on Certified  Data Protection Professional (CDPP) being conducted with virtual classes from Naavi  was planned to be conducted over 6 weeks with one session each on Saturday’s and Sundays starting from April 4th.

In view of the lock down conditions in the country with most professionals working from home, it has been decided to complete the course of 12 sessions over 3 weeks instead of 6 weeks, by conducting two sessions per day on Saturday’s, and Sundays on April 4, 5, 11,12, 18 and 19th.

The sessions will be conducted between 11.00 AM to 12.30 PM and 3.00 to 4.30 PM on these days.

This program will be called Module-I which is about the Indian laws regarding data protection. This is the foundation module for all Data Protection Professionals. In the coming days, FDPPI will be conducting additional modules such as Module G (Global laws including GDPR), Module T (Technology for Data Protection), Module A (Data Audit) and Module B (Behavioural skills for DPOs).

FDPPI welcomes professionals interested in entering the Data Protection domain to make use of this opportunity to upgrade their skills and knowledge and be ready before the Companies will be  looking out for professionals with the right attitude, knowledge and skills to take over the responsibility as DPOs.


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First Certificates of CDPP given away at Chennai


The first Certificates of the CDPP course conducted in December 2019-February 2010 were given to Mr Durai Kannaiyan and Mr Nikhil Ranjan Nayak in a function in Chennai on 14th March 2020, by the honurable guests Justice K.N. Basha and M.P. Mr P.Wilson.

They were two of the nine persons who successfully completed the certification program. Two others are from Mumbai and Five others are from Bangalore.

The successful candidates were:

M/S Durai Kannaiyan, Nikhil Ranjan Nayak from Chennai, Mr Anil Chiplunkar and Bondiah Adepu from Mumbai , Mr Suresh Balepur, Rajesh Kumar, Vasanthika Srinath, Suma Nagraja and V.K.Jyothi from Bangalore.

FDPPI conveys its hearty congratulations to all these professionals who got certified through the rigorous certification program conducted over a three moth period under the supervision of Sri Na.Vijayashankar, (Naavi) Chairman of FDPPI and the Director of Cyber Law College.


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Registrations for the CDPP Course to be closed

The Early bird discount period for the registration for the second batch of the course for “Certified Data Protection Professionals” has ended.

The registrations will however continue upto 28th March 2020.

Specific discounts offered by Cyber Law College to members of some associate organizations will continue as per their offer made directly to those members.

If you are members of any of the organizations namely,  CYSI, BSPIN, ISACA, they may contact naavi directly for the special discount offered to them.


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Discussion on PDPA Bill at Chennai

FDPPI and Cysi successfully conducted a workshop in Chennai to discuss the forthcoming Personal Data Protection Bill 2019. 

Honourable Justice K.N. Basha, retired judge of the Madras High Court and sitting MP, honourable P.Wilson graced the occasion.

Naavi made a presentation on the salient features of the Bill, and the need for the Bill to be passed into an Act. He also discussed on some of the controversies surrounding the Bill.

A detailed question and answer session followed in which the participants sought and obtained various clarifications.

Mr Wilson who is also an advocate himself spoke and highlighted  the need to create awareness among the stake holders even before the Bill is passed so that any modifications can be accommodated.

Justice K.N. Basha congratulated CySi and FDPPI for taking up the initiative and suggested that the points arising out of the discussion may be shared with the Government.

During the occasion, the Certificates of Mr Durai Kannaiyan and Nikhil Ranjan Nayak, members of FDPPI who were recently conferred the recognition as “Certified Data Protection Professionals” by FDPPI after a course and evaluation examination were handed over by Justice K.N. Basha and Mr P. Wilson.


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FDPPI and Cysi to conduct a workshop on PDPA at Chennai

Cyber Society of India (CySi)  and Foundation of Data Protection Professionals in India (FDPPI) have organzied a half day workshop on Personal Data Protection Act (Proposed law in India presently with the Parliamentary committee), on 14th March 2020.

The program is meant to provide basic information on the proposed law, how it impacts the industry.

Honourable Justice K.N.Basha, former judge of the Madras High Court and Mr P.Wilson, Honourable Member of Parliament (RS) are expected to grace the occassion.

FDPPI is also distributing the Certificates to the successful candidates from Chennai who passed out of the recent “Certified Data Protection Professional” course conducted by FDPPI, marking the beginning of a new era of trained Data Protection Professionals in India


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Second Batch of Certification for DPOs to commence in April 2020

Cyber Law College, a training partner of FDPPI proposes to commence the second batch of the course on “Certified Data Protection Officer in India  (M-I)” as an online course on week ends starting from April 4th. The online classes will be conducted on Saturdays and Sundays at 11.00 am for a duration of 90 minutes. There will be 12 sessions which will end on May 10th.

The fee for FDPPI members would be Rs 9,500/- inclusive of the base course material.

Non members are required to pay Rs 14,500/- which is inclusive of the membership fee of Rs 5000/- for FDPPI.

Rs 500/- would be charged for those who opt to purchase the book “Personal Data Protection Act of India (PDPA 2020) by Naavi”. This is optional additional course material.

An early bird discount of Rs 1000/- would be available till 15th March 2020.

The total registrations are intended to be limited.

Payment links will be sent to those who register through e-mail to . Kindly mark “Registration for Course” in the subject line and provide your name, contact details, option for purchase of book. In case any member would like to opt for a higher level of membership of FDPPI such as “Supporting Member”, it may also be indicated.

(Copy of the prospectus with application form available here)

Payment options:

For Members of FDPPI: 

(a) Course fee only for FDPPI members : Rs 9500/-  

(b) Cost of Book on PDPA ( if not already purchased):  500/-

(Total of (a)+(b) Rs 10,000/-)

For Non Members:

Membership fee: 

Rs 5000/- towards Foundation membership.

Option to become Supporting member at Rs 10000/- also available. (See here for details).

The total fee payable for non members(a)+(b)+(c) would therefore be:  Rs 15000/-

If the candidate has already purchased the book, they can opt out of the book and pay  Rs 14500/- 

Payment Link is available here::

P.S: For members of ISACA, the training partner has offered a discount of Rs 2000/- applicable upto 28th March 2020. Such members may pay only Rs 13000/- instead of Rs 15000/- and provide the membership reference in the application form.


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FDPPI looks out for Training Partners for its Certification Program

FDPPI is the pioneer in India for development of skills required for being an efficient Data Protection Officer in India. FDPPI’s “Certified Data Protection Officer” program has already been rolled out with the first batch of the first module of the program having been completed on 23rd February 2020.

Cyber Law College, a division of Ujvala Consultants Pvt Ltd, which was the pioneer in introducing Cyber law courses in India in the year 2000 was also the pioneering training partner for FDPPI in conducting the first training program of the “FDPPI Certified DPO” (FCDPO-I) program.  It will continue to work on more of such programs either online or offline as well as working on other modules as envisaged for the multi model program.

FDPPI’s program for development of skilled DPOs in India, is conceived by Naavi with the vision of developing an alround DPO personality which includes “Knowledge with Attitude and Commitment”.

The motto of FDPPI is the development of “Knowledgeable, Efficient and  Ethical” eco system in India for Data Protection.  Accordingly the DPOs who will be the custodians of developing such a system have to be knowledgeable as well as have the right attitude required for a DPO without losing on the commitment to the requirements of the profession which includes the loyalty to the nation.

“Data Protection” is not simply understanding the clauses of the PDPA. Being aware of the law  is only the knowledge part.  The attitude part covers preparing the DPO to tackle challenges on three fronts namely being answerable to his boss within the organization which pays him the salary, the DPA which has a duty to protect the Privacy of Indian individuals and the Data Principals  who look at the DPO as the custodian of their Privacy Rights.

While most of the international certification programs end with the testing of knowledge of the law, FDPPI’s program as of now recognizes this as only different modules of the development of the awareness about the law.

The Module 1 (or Module-I) which was completed recently, covered the knowledge level of Indian law as at the present level along with a comparison with GDPR which is the other globally known law.

The future modules envisaged are

Module 2: (Module I+)

More on Indian law when the law is passed into an Act, a DPA is appointed and the DPA issues some basic regulatory guidelines.  This program will be only undertaken after the required developments take place. Hence we need to wait for some time to roll out this module.  (Eventually, Module I and I+ would be merged into one)

Module 3: (Module T)

This module will cover the technology related knowledge essential for an efficient DPO. This will cover the technologies required for compliance and will also discuss the challenges to data protection arising out of the new technologies particularly in the field of AI, Big Data, Encryption etc.

Module 4: (Module B)

This module will cover the behavioural aspects related to an efficient DPO. This will cover interpersonal relationship skills including Leadership, Decision Making, Motivation, Team Building, Counselling, Conflict resolution etc.

Module 5: (Module G):

This module will cover a study of at least 5 international data protection laws including an in-depth study of GDPR and Data Protection Laws applicable to USA along with some other relevant laws such as  Singapore, Australia as well as one optional country. This would be more an extension of the “awareness of law” from the Indian laws covered in Modules I and I+ to the global scenario

Module 6: (Module A)

This module will cover the skill requirements of a “Data Auditor” and follows the modules I, I+,T and B. This will encompass the system audit, information security audit and focus more on the harm audit, the DPIA and the annual data audit requirement under the law.

It is expected that in due course I and I+ will be merged into one and the other modules such as T, B, A and G will remain independent.

FDPPI realizes that the content in each of the individual module is dynamic and would evolve over time. For example a Module T conducted in 2021 would be far more advanced than Module T conducted in 2020. To some extent Module B may not change much. Module G is also dynamic because new laws may come in. The laws of Europe and USA could be a common factor while others could be changed as per the business requirements envisaged. Module A like Module B would also be more or less consistent except for the changes in technology  or law that may required to be factored in.

FDPPI has rolled out this plan of action and Naavi’s Cyber Law College will initially implement many of these modules as if it is an in-house implementation agency of these ideas. The objective is that when the Indian DPA is looking out for professional help for itself in designing the codes and practices and the conscientious industry players are getting ready in advance to be compliant before it is Compulsory, there will be a helping hand nearby with trained DPOs and Data Auditors.

At the same time, FDPPI wants to extend the partnership opportunities to other professional organizations who may have expertise in specific areas suitable for the different modules. They will work on a non exclusive basis to design and implement the training programs under these different modules. Some of the partners could work with regional focus and some could work pan India.

Towards this objective, FDPPI is open to receiving offers of “Training Partnership” with the motto… “Let’s together build Knowledge with Attitude and Commitment”.


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First batch of professionals undergoing DPO training complete the certification examination

In pursuance of its objectives to create “Knowledgeable, Skilled, Ethical Data Protection eco system in India”, FDPPI has undertaken in association with Naavi’s Cyber Law College , conduct of a multi level program to develop professionals of the right skill sets.

The program to develop a global level set of professionals who can discharge their responsibilities as “Data Protection Officers” in India has now been set in motion and the first batch of aspirants took the online Certification examination on 23rd February 2020.

These aspirants undertook an online course in December-January conducted by Cyber Law College for creating the first level of awareness of the law as it exists today, namely the Personal Data Protection Bill which is before the Parliament. The students were provided the necessary course material which was also supplemented by the release of the book, “Personal Data Protection Act of India (PDPA 2020)” by Naavi released on 28th January 2020.

This course is considered as Level -I and at least 4 more levels are envisaged from time to time to ensure that these professionals will be trained with whatever is considered essential in terms of legal knowledge, technical knowledge and  behavioural skills.

The legal awareness is being addressed in three modules the first of which was completed now. The second will follow a few months  after the DPA comes into existence. Other three modules are parallel modules one related to International data protection laws, other related to technology and the other related to behavioural skills.

These five modules are offered as independent credit modules that can be completed at different points of time. The current focus is however on module 1.

Interested persons/organizations who would like to associate with FDPPI as training partners for the different modules are welcome to contact the management.


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FDPPI submits its comments on PDPA-Bill

The FDPPI presented its comments on the PDPA -Bill both through e-mail and in print through a personal interaction with the Parliamentary Committee.

A link to the copy of the comments would be made available soon.

A supplementary set of comments may be presented if required since the time for submission of the comments has now been extended.

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