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What is POPIA?
POPIA is South Africa’s data protection law which regulates the lawful processing of personal information or “data”. POPIA comes into force on 1 July 2021. In doing so, POPIA aims to protect the constitutional right to privacy by giving persons more control over how their personal data is used and, at the same time, holding parties who use personal data, accountable by subjecting these responsible persons to certain rules and conditions thereby enabling them to lawfully process personal data)
What is the POPIpack?
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.
The core minimum documents included in our different Packs are geared to help your organisation address its POPIA compliance from a legal documents standpoint. No matter the Pack or, if preferred, if separate legal documents are bought, every document has been carefully considered and drafted by legal professionals and is geared to provide the core minimum legal agreements which we believe every organisation shall need to at least, consider putting in place when it comes to their POPIA compliance project and no matter whether you are only getting started or reviewing what is presently in place.
Who does POPIA protect?
POPIA protects individuals and legal entities such as companies, close corporations and trusts.
Has POPIA commenced?
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.
Does my organisation need to comply with POPIA?
If your organisation requests, collects, stores, deletes, uses or otherwise processes personal information you will need to comply with POPIA.
What are the penalties for non-compliances?
Up to 10 years imprisonment (per infringement) or R10 milion fine (per infringement). This does not take into account any further reputational damage or court action which may ensue from a failure to comply.