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Maintaining Compliance with The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA)

In South Africa, how can one comply with the next two POPIA conditions, which are Process Limitation and Purpose Specification? These conditions regulate when, where, and what personal information is processed. Compliance with the conditions entails the responsible party ensuring that all personal information processed is done lawfully and in a manner that does not […]

Is Qualification Fraud on The Rise?

Recently, there have been news articles relating to qualification fraud in South Africa, and with organizations where one would believe that the verification of qualifications was the norm. Companies should not throw qualifications and years of experience to the side, but they should consider updating their employee screening process to include assessments that consider soft […]

Doing Business in South Africa Requires Effective Due Diligence

Corruption is on the lips of virtually every South African in today’s world. In April 2022, the Civil Society Group Corruption Watch published its annual report for 2021, highlighting the types of corruption that have continued to affect the country post-pandemic. It is important that all South African businesses conduct basic due diligence checks. What […]

Fourth-Year Medical Student Expected to Appear in Court for Fraudulent Matric Certificate And Altered Pass Marks

A 29-year-old man allegedly forged his matric certificate and altered his pass marks to gain entry into university in 2010. Hawks spokesperson Captain Simphiwe Mhlongo said “It is alleged that the suspect forged his matric certificate and altered the pass marks in order to gain admission at the university in 2010. Whilst he was doing […]

Testing The Limits of The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 Of 2013 (POPIA)

The movement towards data protection and data privacy has been an international topic. For example, in South Africa, POPIA regulates the lawful processing of personal information as the General Data Protection Regulation regulates Europe. In countries like South Africa, the courts play a pivotal role in developing the practicalities and application of law in a […]

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 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 […]


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 […]


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 […]


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