Many companies were still taking a lax approach to cyber security before POPI came into full effect, says Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution at PSG Insure. “Data breaches have been massively underreported to date, and it is possible many businesses opted to sweep cyber incidents under the carpet until now,” he adds.
The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) will protect South Africans’ constitutional right to privacy. This includes a requirement for lawful justification to exist before a data subject’s personal information (PI) may be processed. The questions on everybody’s lips are: Will this put a stop to unsolicited approaches? Will the collection of personal information as part of prospecting for new clients become unlawful?
The Information Regulator has extended the commencement date of the POPIA provision that requires organisations to obtain prior authorisation if they process certain categories of personal information. The commencement date of that provision is now 1 February 2022.
The Department of Justice and Constitutional Development has released draft Regulations relating to the Promotion of Access to Information, 2021 (Draft PAIA Regulations). This release follows various amendments to bring the Promotion of Access to Information Act, 2000 (PAIA) in line with the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 (POPIA).
After what seemed like an interminably long wait, South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) came into effect in July 2020. On 1 July this year, its year-long grace period comes to an end, meaning that organisations in breach of the act should start facing sanctions within the next few months, says Stergios Saltas, Operations Director, Striata.
The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPI) has now come into effect and it is important that South Africa businesses adhere to the new regulations. The use of personal information is everywhere and it’s almost impossible to do direct marketing without using personal information collected from customers, suppliers and employees. The POPI...
After many years of discussion, the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act is finally coming into effect. The information regulator is pushing for the Act to be finalised on 1 April 2020, giving South African businesses a little over a year to get their data systems and processes in line.
The uncontrolled data growth urgently requires new corporate policies for data storage and retention. The information regulator is pushing for the remaining provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) to be finalised and come into effect by 1 April 2020.
By Bridgette Vermaak: Head of ITAD department at Xperien. Disposing of old computer equipment used to be a mindless process, but those methods of the past are no longer an option with the introduction of new laws and regulations. The days of piling it up in storage or simply selling it off to staff or...
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