Who Can Participate?
FDPPI is an organization of the Data Protection Professionals in India. Any professional who is an individual or an organization or an Educational Institution or even a Government Institution who has a stake in “Data” can be part of this movement.
FDPPI has been structured as a “Limited Company” but it does not have equity shares. Liability of the members of the Company is limited by “Guarantee”.
The members of the company are those who have voting rights to elect the “Governing Council Members” at different “Regional Governing Councils (RGC) eg: Governing Council of Bengaluru, Governing Council of Mumbai, Governing Council of Delhi-NCR, Governing Council of Chennai etc.
Each RGC will have one President and one Vice President who will along with other members be responsible for the activities of FDPPI in the respective region.
Each of the RGCs will nominate one member to the Central Governing Council. Directors would be automatic members of the Governing Councils.
The first step into the FDPPI is by becoming a Donor. You can chose to be any one of the following type of donor.
- Member Donors with a minimum donation of Rs 6,000/-
- Supporting Donors with a minimum donation of Rs 15,000/-
When FDPPI has any service to offer in terms of Webinars, or Offline Seminars or Workshops, “Donors” will get privileged invitations.
Non Donors may also participate in events and activities as may be indicated under terms specific to the event.
What is the difference between different types of Donors
The benefits that the organization may provide to different types of donors may vary from time to time. The framework of such benefits is as follows.
- Member Donors
a) Member donors pay Rs 6000/- and
b) Will have the option to become a voting member by signing a guarantee undertaking as part of the application of membership.
(The guarantee obligation is a undertaking that in the contingent event when at some point of time in future the Company ceases its operation and at that time if the assets fall short of liabilities, then the member would contribute the required amount not exceeding a sum of Rs 15,000/-.
If the Company does not wind up its operations or does not have a deficit at the time of winding up, no liability would arise. By constitution only those members who provide this guarantee obligation will be considered as full fledged members with voting rights.
Those donors who would like to continue as donor members but have difficulty in signing the guarantee obligation may indicate specifically their preference. Such members would be considered as “Non Voting Members”.
By default members are considered as having agreed to the guarantee obligation and opting to be voting members. Non Voting Members would be separately informed. At present only one Corporate Member has opted to be in this category.)
2. Supporting Donors
a) Supporting Donors pay Rs 15,000/- and may execute joint projects with a responsibility and revenue sharing arrangement with FDPPI from time to time as may be approved by the Board.
The Supporting Donors will be providing “Professional Support” to the projects unlike the “Sponsor Donors” explained below who provide only monetary support to different events. eg: A Supporting Donor may execute a Security Audit or a training program in the name of FDPPI by investing his time and expertise and enable FDPPI to benefit. At the same time his professional services need to be also rewarded which can be structured on a profit sharing basis or otherwise.
Other than the above types of professional donors, there could be others mostly in the organizational category who may donate higher amounts. They may be called as “Sponsor Donors” or “Patron Donors” depending on the amount donated or long term benefit that they may pass on.
eg: Sponsor donors may sponsor different events with their contribution which may vary from time to time. They could be corporate who financially assist in the conduct of events.
Patron donors may make one time large donation not specific to any event and may include Institutions or Government bodies who may lend long term assistance as “Patrons” even if their contribution may be financial or otherwise. eg: An educational Institution that may get associated with FDPPI in conducting Certification programs or other long term projects.
The decision to accept Sponsors or Patrons would be decided by the Board from time to time.
- FDPPI my allow “Student Participation under “Provisional Membership category” . They will not have voting rights like member donors and also pay only a nominal donation. Academic institutions who could be “Patron Donors” may enrol their students as Student Members so that they could benefit from the association with the professional organization such as FDPPI.
- In case of organizational donors, who become “Member Donors”, appropriate documentation may be required to support the guarantee obligation and the voting may be exercised by an authorized representative duly appointed for the purpose.
Once enrolled as members the different donors may be referred to as
a) Foundation Members
b) Supporting Members (Who are supporting Donors who may execute joint projects under revenue and effort sharing programs to be approved by the Council and Board)
Additionally we may refer to Patron donors as “Patron Members” if they also opt to become a member.
For further details of how to participate in the activities of FDPPI, contact the Company through e-mail.
Corporate Membership in which an organization (Company, Society, Trust or any other Association of Members) becomes a member is considered as an “Aggregate Membership of the members of the organization” with the Organization as a legal entity being the lead member.
The Corporate Membership is provided in the name of an organization with a permission to designate individual members to the FDPPI activities. The minimum membership donation for Corporate category is Rs 30000/-. This is considered as an aggregate membership of 5 employees. However the organization will be entitled to one vote as a member. For every additional donation of Rs 6000/- the number of members who can be designated would increase by Rs 6000/- (This incremental contribution may change if the individual membership amount is changed in future.
It is not mandatory for the organization (as well as for individuals) to be a Voting member by signing the guarantee obligation. The Corporate member may therefore opt to continue just as a member without voting rights.
When an organization opts to enroll additional members, it can extend it’s membership by paying additional membership donation beyond the first Rs 30,000/- it has paid for the corporate membership.
As long as the Company does not execute the guarantee obligation, it is not considered as a “Voting Member”. However, for any Company that has donated Rs 50,000/- or more, the Board of Directors has the discretion to include one representative in the Governing Council.
A Company can therefore participate in the activities of FDPPI as a Governing Council member and also extend the facility of Designated membership to its employees.
Subscribers located outside India may become members under the category of “International Members”. The participation donation is US $ 100/- Such members can only participate as Foundation Members.
Request membership form by email: email@example.com
(P.S: Since FDPPI is a company limited by Guarantee, there is no equity issue. Like a society there is no Membership fee”. Instead the Voting membership is limited to donors and the donation of Rs 6000/15000 is like membership fee. Those who opt out of the guarantee obligation will be considered as “Non Voting Members”.)