February 23rd 2020 is set to be a historic day in the development of Data Protection eco system in India. It is the day when the very first batch of professionals are facing their challenge for getting certified by the Foundation of Data Protection Professionals in India (FDPPI).
The participants of this initial batch are those who undertook a 6 week long online training provided by Cyber Law College (www.cyberlawcollege.com).
The current batch is a small batch of foundation members of FDPPI and will form the backbone of such certification programs in the future. This batch has been trained and the certification program is being administered solely by Naavi.
After the successful conduct of this program, the Certification mechanism will be taken over by FDPPI and more such programs both for training and for Certification will follow.
This Certification would be titled “Certified Data Protection Officer in India-Level 1” and incorporates the awareness of the law as of date. It will be followed by higher levels in due course as additional skills are input at different levels including Advanced awareness of the law as it emerges, the Technical Skills, the leadership skills and the awareness of international laws. In totality this Certification would be unique and is conceived at a level higher than the currently available systems in other countries.
While many of the Indian professionals do get certified through international agencies, FDPPI envisages creation of “Ethical Data Protection Professionals” who have their primary expertise in the Indian market.
This indigenous system of Certification is considered essential as the principle of “Data Sovereignty” is embedded in the Indian data protection laws and needs to be incorporated into the system of training and certification.
The motto of FDPPI is to create “Knowledgeable, Skilled and Ethical Data Protection Professionals” and the Certification program would be a significant step in this direction.