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Emerging opportunities for Data Privacy Professionals in India

Justice B N Srikrishna Committee drafted “Personal Data Protection Bill -2018” is under the review of Ministry of Information Technology, Government of India. Once the Bill become an Act of Parliament, it is going to affect every entity, which is collecting personal data of India citizens.

In its current form, the Act is going to touch each and every commercial and non-commercial entities possession Indian Citizens’ personal data irrespective of format or purpose. The upcoming Act already gaining attention of organizations’ senior managements and Boards to prepare their respective organizations to meet the provisions of Act.

In a bid to increase the awareness about the forthcoming legislation and to understand its impact on the industry and the professionals in the industry, FDPPI Mumbai Chapter is organizing a webinar on “Emerging opportunities for Data Privacy Professionals in India” on 11th May, 2019 at 8.00 PM (IST)

Topic:   Emerging opportunities for Data Privacy Professionals in India

Speaker: Na.Vijayashankar (Naavi), Data Protection Consultant


  1. Welcome and Brief about the FDPPI (Foundation for the Data Protection Professionals in India) by Mr Adepu Bondiah
  2. Presentation by Naavi covering
    1. Emerging opportunities for Data Protection Professionals in India
    2. How Does PDPA 2018 differ from GDPR
    3. Challenges in Compliance for Data Fiduciaries and Data Processors
    4. Challenges in conducting Data Audit and Computing Data Trust Score
    5. Q &A
  3. Vote of Thanks: Mr Rakesh Goyal

Participation is by invitation.

For invitation, Contact Mr Adepu Bondiah, or Rakesh Goyal or Mr Anil Chiplunkar or Mr Ritesh Bhatia, the Governing Council members of FDPPI, Mumbai.

Request for Invitation may be sent to 

FDPPI, Mumbai

Inauguration of Chennai Chapter

The Chennai Chapter of FDPPI was formally inaugurated on 16th March 2019 in a grand function in Hotel Rain Tree, Anna salai along with a workshop on Section 65B of Indian Evidence Act. The program was jointly conducted by FDPPI and CySi (Cyber Society of India).

A Full report of the event is available at

Ms Anitha Rajesh the President of the Chennai Governing Council , Mr Sridhar and Mr Balaji members and naavi are seen in the picture. Durai Kannaiyan and Nagendra who are the other members of the Governing Council were not present.

During the event Naavi explained the relevance of Section 65B for Data Protection industry besides a detailed discussion on its impact on the law enforcement and judiciary.


Program on Section 65B jointly with CySi in Chennai

 Launch of Chennai Chapter ad Workshop in Chennai

Section 65B of Indian Evidence Act is an important legislative provision which came to effect on 17th October 2000 and determines how Electronic Evidence has to be presented in a Court of Law for admissibility.

Several aspects of Data Protection require, archiving of data and presentation of data in quasi judicial and judicial fora and hence understanding this section is important for the DPOs in India.

On 16th March 2019, Cyber Society of India (CySi) of which Mr Naavi was the founder Secretary, and FDPPI are organizing a one day workshop on Section 65B of Indian Evidence Act. This is the first time in the last 20 years that a dedicated one day workshop is being organized on this subject. (Details are available here)

Naavi was the person who submitted the first Section 65B Certificate in any Court in India which was during the case of State of Tamil Nadu Vs Suhas Katti in AMM Egmore Court in 2004. Mr S.Balu the current President of CySi was the IO in that case which was historically the first case in which conviction took place under ITA 2000 in India.

During this occassion, FDPPI is set to launch its Chennai Chapter on 16th March 2019 along with an event being conducted by Cyber Society of India (CySi)  on on Section 65B of Indian Evidence Act.

During the program, Naavi is also  launching the print version of his e-book on Section 65B of Indian Evidence Act.

Members of FDPPI in Chennai are requested to make the event a success.

FDPPI Chennai Chapter to be launched

FDPPI Chennai Chapter is set to be launched on March 16, 2019 at Chennai.

Cyber Society of India of which Naavi was a founding secretary is conducting  an event on “Section 65B of Indian Evidence Act”  and the launch is tagged with this event.

FDPPI has always proposed that it would work along with other like minded organizations and would be like a federation of such organizations provided there is commonality of purpose and this joint event after the Bangalore ISACA event is a step in this direction.

Success of this concept of “Federation” depends on the reciprocal gestures by the other organization and both in the case of ISACA, Bangalore and now CySi Chennai, FDPPI recognizes the reciprocal gesture of the other partner organization.

The principle is “We provide the content, You provide the platform” and we would like to see more such programs in the future.

FDPPI and ISACA conduct Program on PDPA

FDPPI launched its offline activities formally through a conference in Bangalore on PDPA conducted along with ISACA Bangalore Chapter.

At a well attended half day program held at FKCCI hall, the Privacy Laws as they are present in India, the Impact of GDPR and the essential features of the proposed PDPA were presented by a panel of experts from FDPPI, ISACA and also from the industry.

The program was well received.


Some Photographs from the event:

Mumbai Team Gets into Action

A meeting of the Governing Council (Subject to ratification by the Board) was held on 13th January 2019 at Mumbai and decided  that a workshop on PDPA 2018 will be organized on 20th February 2019 in Mumbai as a paid event.

Special efforts would be taken by the Mumbai team to expand the membership and also to contribute articles to the proposed journal .


Contributions to the Journal are welcome

Foundation of Data Protection Professionals in India (FDPPI) is launching a quarterly Journal on Data Protection from the First quarter of 2019.

An editorial committee is being formed for leading the activities. Presently the responsibilities of taking this activities further is entrusted to Ms Sreevidya Varma.

This journal is expected to be  “The Eyes and Ears of the Data Protection Professionals in India” and speak on topics that would enhance the value of Data Protection Professionals and the industry in India. It is meant to be educative, assist the policy makers in getting the views of the industry on different aspects.

Those professionals who would like to contribute their articles to the journal may kindly get in touch of Sreevidya Varma through the e-mail of FDPPI provided in the contact.

More information on the constitution of the Editorial Committee and the Editorial Policies will be published soon.

Regional Council of Bengaluru constituted

On 30th October 2018, the Bengaluru Regional Council of FDPPI was constituted. The Nine member General Council will be the body which will plan and execute the programs of FDPPI.

The team will be headed by Sri S.K. Prakash as the Honorary President and Mr Ramesh Kauta as the Honorary Vice President.

Smt Vasanthika Srinath, Sreevidya Varma, Deepalakshmi Vadivelan, as well as Sri Vibhakar Bhushan, M A Ranganath, along with the two Directors namely Vijayashankar Nagaraja Rao (Naavi) and Nagendra Javagal will be the other members.

The team quickly identified several projects for implementation and identified different members to take the lead in the implementation.

One of the immediate projects to be initiated was the publication of a quarterly e-journal in the name of FDPPI to disseminate knowledge related to Data Protection industry and also the activities of the Company. Details are being finalized by a subcommittee.



PDPA Awareness Movement

FDPPI has embarked on an awareness building program in Bengaluru where members of FDPPI will be conducting a ” PDPA Sensitisation Lecture Programme” in different organizations initially in Bengaluru.

The program will be offered as a complimentary offer from FDPPI to make Bengaluru the Data Protection Regulation Capital of India.

This would be a movement to ensure that a large number of institutions in India would be aware of the Personal Data Protection Act which is likely to become a key legislation in India affecting a large section of the industry both IT and non IT.

Naavi will personally devote time for this activity along with a few other members.

In the coming days, FDPPI would conduct such programs from time to time to corporate members free of charge on on a reasonable fee for other Non Member Companies.

Interested organizations may contact FDPPI through e-mail for scheduling the program by mutual convenience.