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Protection of Personal Information Act – Compliance Over Complacency

Many organizations are working to ensure compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), which went into effect on July 1, 2021. With the deadline already past, it is crucial that companies have good data management practices and processes in place. Does compliance purely come down to consent? What other grounds can information be […]


POPIA Compliance Deadline

South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 went into effect on July 1. The Act requires every public or private body who processes personal information to designate and appoint an individual who will be responsible, within that business or institution, for ensuring compliance with POPIA and being responsible for the governance, management, […]


POPIA COMPLIANCE: IMPLEMENTATION SOLUTIONS

POPIA places onerous obligations on all organizations that process personal information, so it is important for organizations to undertake some form of a POPI strategy towards compliance. The road to POPI compliance is not an overnight fix and requires a continuous level of attention and executive buy-in over a sustained period to ensure compliance. Read […]


POPIA COMPLIANCE: 8 CONDITIONS A RESPONSIBLE PARTY SHOULD BE AWARE OF

A 3-part article series covers POPIA compliance, solutions, implementation, and management in South Africa. The article notes that the range of information protected by POPI is extremely wide, and that any person or company in South Africa that receives, stores, uses or distributes personal information is obliged to comply with POPIA, which went into effect […]


DEMAND FOR CRIMINAL AND EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND CHECKS REMAINS HIGH

Data from Managed Integrity Evaluation (MIE) has found that criminal checks were the most frequently requested background check, followed by qualification or educational background checks. Since January 2017, MIE has conducted 604,497 criminal checks, where 9.77% of the total checks were deemed to have a criminal or a pending criminal record. The types of qualifications […]


HERE’S WHY SOUTH AFRICAN EMPLOYERS SCREEN YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA POSTS

Managed Integrity Evaluation’s (MIE) latest annual Background Screening index gives a look at what companies are looking at to decide on a potential candidate’s suitability. Criminal checks are still the most requested checks by employers, yet increasingly, social media information requests are one area where companies are becoming more careful. According to the MIE annual […]


POPIA: REGISTRATION OF INFORMATION OFFICERS AND DEPUTY INFORMATION OFFICERS

On April 1, 2021, South Africa’s Information Regulator published a Guidance Note for the registration of Information Officers and Deputy Information Officers. The registration process will begin on May 1, 2021, and all parties are encouraged to use the online registration process instead of the manual process. Once registered, contact details of all IOs and […]


GETTING COMPLIANT WITH THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT (POPIA)

By now, most South African organizations are aware that the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) 4 of 2013 requires all businesses that process personal information of persons to comply with the Act’s eight conditions for lawful processing by July 1, 2021. How do you become compliant? KISCH IP will publish a series of articles […]


GUIDELINES TO DEVELOP CODES OF CONDUCT ISSUED BY THE INFORMATION REGULATOR

With the deadline for the implementation of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 fast approaching, organizations in South Africa will need to be compliant by July 1, 2021. To assist with achieving compliance, chapter 7 of POPIA provides a framework for developing and publishing codes of conduct. The Information Regulator has recently published the […]


THE POWER CONSENT: THE LYNCHPIN OF PoPIA?

The approach of the enforcement of the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA) has left many uncertain about the boundaries of consent. To avoid substantial penalties, organizations must have consent for all data that they hold.  Learn how the Impressions Signatures PoPIA Campaign seeks to provide clear and relevant information about the requirements and obligations […]




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