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      Facts about POPIA

      What is POPIA?


      POPIA is the Protection of Personal Information Act that will officially come into effect on 1st July 2021. Here are things you need to know about it.

      Understanding the effects of POPIA on your business:
      The right to privacy is constitutionally protected by the Republic of South Africa, guaranteed in section 14.
      POPIA strikes a balance between the individual’s right to privacy and other rights including the access to information to provide goods and services.

      POPIA is part of a global movement to codify international standards of the human right to privacy while promoting the free flow of information.

      POPIA regulates data privacy: It establishes regulatory guidelines for the processing of sensitive personal information within South Africa’s national jurisdiction.

      POPIA grants citizens many rights: The Act gives its citizens the rights and remedies to protect their own personal information from processing that is not in compliance with the conditions of the Act.

      POPIA has teeth: As with other data privacy regulations, POPIA establishes an independent regulatory body (the Information Regulator) that grants extensive powers to investigate potential non-compliance and fine violators appropriately. As a matter of fact, this regulatory body has been active since 2016 with the charter to regulate “without fear, favour or prejudice."

      A person who is found guilty of an offense against the terms of POPIA can either be fined, imprisoned or both.


      To learn more about POPIA, click here
      Here's a quick video explanation about POPIA here

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