Protection of Personal Information Act
Are you ready?
POPIA commenced on 1 July 2020 and there is a 1 year grace period which ends on 30 June 2021. From 1 July 2021, POPIA’s provisions and penalties will be fully effective and enforceable. If your organisation requests, collects, stores, deletes, uses or otherwise processes personal information you will need to comply with POPIA.
The POPIpack includes a generic set of legal data protection documents which, considering the sector your organisation may be regulated by, aims to deliver a POPIA compliance kick-start for the organisation.
It’s the law – Assists you and your business to comply and remain compliant.
Be proactive rather than reactive – avoid detrimental penalties and reputational damage caused by data breaches.
Privacy by Design – develop and implement a bespoke suite of legal data protection documents and IT systems & tools that are tailored to suit your business practices.
Keeping up with the times – Data protection is unavoidable in today’s business world which is fueled by technology. Complying with data protection laws is not only compulsory but can also create greater efficiency and increased output.
Promotion of an in-house data protection culture – Nurturing a culture of compliance within your organisation.
Customer Trust – instill and affirm trust with your existing and/or future customers who know that you will protect their personal data and respect their right to privacy.
No matter where your organisation is on your data protection or POPIA compliance journey and if you are feeling confused about where to start, we recommend that you look at our Services page to see how we can help you.
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PR De Wet
As the brainchild behind the POPIpack, P.R. foresaw that compliance with POPIA, and data protection and security in general, would become a major part of public and private entities’ operations in South Africa and that the POPIpack, as a ‘kick-start’ solution for all SMEs to address their data protection compliance obligations and whose resources and finances are traditionally limited to the most pressing corners of the business, may just be the start of something bigger – the providing of a full suite of data protection and compliance services to entities no matter the size and structure.
Presently a director and partner at VDT Attorneys, P.R.’s expertise, mentorship and experience goes far beyond data protection and compliance services, with his key areas of legal specialisation and practice covering the fields of corporate securities and company law, tax and competition law. P.R. has advised several clients on high-stake complex corporate restructures and transactions and along with each, the address of compliance considerations.
In his spare time P.R. enjoys spending quality time with his family and friends, playing golf, listening to and sometimes making music.
Bachelor of Commerce in Economics & Law (B.Com) (NWU) (2008)
Bachelor of Laws (LLB) (NWU) (2010)
Certificate Course in Competition Law (UP) (2013)
Certificate Course in Advanced Company Law I & II (Wits) (2015)
Master of Laws in Corporate Law (LLM) (UP) (2017 – 2019)
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Frequently Asked Questions
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Can you audit us to make sure we are compliant?
Yes, together with our tech partners we offer legal and technical audit services to inspect your current systems in order to evaluate your compliance with POPIA’s processing requirements and other data protection laws such as the GDPR, where required.
Do you offer individual legal documents?
Yes, refer to our products page where our single legal product solutions are available for viewing and purchasing.
I don’t know if the POPIPack is for me?
If you are not sure whether one of our POPIpack’s will suit you we recommend subscribing to our generic pack, working your way through the documents and then contacting us if you require our assistance in customising same and if necessary. Alternatively, consider attending our Information Knowledge Session or purchasing the pre-recorded version thereof. This session has been designed to gear you up for understanding what POPIA is and how you need to approach a data protection compliance project. If you are still not sure see our full range of service offerings and feel free to contact us to schedule a consult. We are here to help and discuss your needs.
What’s included in a purchased POPIPack?
Refer to our Product page for a description of each Pack’s contents
Do you offer training solutions?
Yes we do. Training and overall awareness on POPIA and data protection is vital to understanding what you may need to do to ensure compliance with the conditions and standards. Please refer to our training offerings. If our pre-set online or face-to-face training offerings do not address your needs we are open to discuss a tailored workshop / training offering, please contact us if you feel you need a tailored training solution.