POPI refers to “Protection of Personal Information” Act. The purpose of the Act is to regulate the processing of personal information. Personal information broadly means any information relating to an identifiable, living natural person or juristic person (companies, CC’s etc.) and includes, but is not limited to;
Processing broadly means anything done with the Personal Information, including collection, usage, storage, dissemination, modification or destruction (whether such processing is automated or not).
Some of the obligations under the POPI Act are to:
Non-compliance with the POPI Act could expose the Responsible Party to a penalty of a fine and / or imprisonment of up to 12 months. In certain cases the penalty for non-compliance could be a fine and/or imprisonment of up to 10 years.
By Dave Lake – Managing Director