Media on PoPI

Covering important articles and publications relating to the PoPI Act.


Will the PoPI Act and GDPR see your storage costs triple?
Data privacy and security is a major focus for businesses, particularly with the imminent rollout of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act in South Africa and the recent implementation of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) in the European Union. This came to the fore recently when a local company – a firm that offers financial services across Africa – experienced a data breach. They were the first company in South Africa to publicly admit the infringement on GDPR, a regulation that the PoPI Act was based on.

SA firms have ‘completely wrong’ approach to POPI
Many firms will be left scrambling to put together their POPI Act compliance requirements. Many local companies have a completely wrong approach to preparing for the looming Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act. Discussing the biggest mistakes made by local firms when getting ready for the legislation, is that many approach POPI as a compliance exercise rather than an opportunity for behavioural change. 
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How PoPi will change your business….
Gary Allemann, MD, Master Data Management: Some businesses are better prepared than others, but some are waiting to see what will happen when the regulations are released within the next 12 months. When similar legislation was introduced in Europe, we saw that 12 months was not nearly enough time to prepare. Businesses should have started preparing yesterday. The longer they wait, the bigger the potential implications.

Regulator makes steady progress on POPI Act
The POPI Act regulations will be tabled before Parliament by the end of the year (2017). Establishing the Information Regulator was one of the conditions set out in POPIA. The Information Regulator functions in accordance with the Act and the Promotion of Access to Information Act. The Act stipulates the regulatory body has to exercise certain powers, and perform certain duties and functions. 
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