Privacy isn't negotiable

Privacy isn't negotiable

The time to ramp up the pressure is now! The Parliament Winter Session begins on December 11th, and we need to let the Ministry of Electronics and IT know that the privacy bill needs to be strengthened before it’s tabled in the Parliament.

Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad keeps a close eye on the public discourse and mood. We need just 50 of us to call his office and leave messages for him demanding specific edits to the bill, he will get the message loud and clear -- Indians care about data protection and privacy and demand a strong bill.

Below, you’ll find talking points which you can use for your call, including the specific demands, and a quick Do’s and Don’ts for calls with government offices.

Please call this number: 011-24362626 or 011-24369191, and leave a message for Minister Prasad today!

> Good morning/evening/afternoon. My name is <NAME>. Am I speaking with someone from the office of Minister Prasad?

> Sir, I’m a <INSERT PROFESSION> and a citizen who cares about the upcoming data protection bill in the Parliament.

> Could I please leave a message for RS Prasad Sir?

Scenario 1: They agree to take your message over the phone

Message:

> Sir I want to request Minister RS Prasad to make changes to the data protection bill draft to make it stronger before it is tabled in the Winter Session in December.

1) I want the right to object to the processing of certain kinds of my data

2) I want the Data Protection Authority to be independent of the government

3) The law should not give government services a complete exemption from requiring our consent.

> Sir, I care about privacy and data protection, and so do most of my friends. Please give this message to Minister Prasad because we don’t have too much time before the bill is in the Parliament. Thank you so much sir, I deeply value your patience and support on this.

Scenario 2: They ask you to send an email

> Yes sir, I’ll send across an email. Could you please ensure that it is printed and placed before Minister RS Prasad. Sir, I care about privacy and data protection, and so do all my friends. Please give this message to Minister Prasad because we don’t have too much time before the bill is in the Parliament. Thank you so much sir, I deeply value your patience and support on this.

Email to send :

(send to: mljoffice@gov.in)

Dear Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad,

I’m a concerned citizen who cares about privacy and data protection.

Ahead of the Winter Session where the data protection bill will be tabled, I request you to make the following edits to the bill to make it stronger, and uphold my privacy:

1) I want the right to object to the processing of certain kinds of my data

2) I want the Data Protection Authority to be independent of the government

3) The law should not give government services a complete exemption from requiring our consent.

Sir, my community and I are deeply invested in this issue, and we hope India’s first data protection bill is strong and protects Indians.

Thank you,

<NAME>

  1. Be respectful and don’t raise your voice
  2. Be patient, they might put you on hold or transfer your call
  3. Address the person you speak with as Sir or Ma’am
  4. If the person you’re speaking with requests you to send an email, repeat your request to leave a message over the phone due to the urgency of the issue, and also send an email
  5. If they can’t speak with you immediately, ask them when you can call back, and call them back at said time

This is part of a broader movement for a healthy internet. See more.