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Anne-Marie Pretorius, partner at Bizmod Consulting. 31 May 2017 - by Admire Moyo Common POPI mistakes laid bare
Common POPI mistakes laid bare
Anne-Marie Pretorius, partner at Bizmod Consulting.

Most organisations are taking a pragmatic approach to the imminent law, thinking it is a legal-only project.

Peter Tobin, CEO of Peter Tobin Consultancy. 30 May 2017 - by Admire Moyo Countdown starts for EU data protection law
Countdown starts for EU data protection law
Peter Tobin, CEO of Peter Tobin Consultancy.

With the European Union General Data Protection Regulation commencing soon, South African organisations should start preparing.

Johannes Collen Weapond, full-time member of Information Regulator. 30 May 2017 - by Admire Moyo Information Regulator still work in progress
Information Regulator still work in progress
Johannes Collen Weapond, full-time member of Information Regulator.

The newly-established office still needs to get its full independence as well as a meaningful budget to meet its obligations.

Lisa Emma-Iwuoha, attorney at law firm Michalsons. 19 May 2017 - by Kgaogelo Letsebe GDPR first, POPI second: law expert
GDPR first, POPI second: law expert
Lisa Emma-Iwuoha, attorney at law firm Michalsons.

If you process any EU citizen data, you must comply with new EU General Data Protection Regulation, as well as with POPI.

15 May 2017 - by Allyson Towle Disposing of redundant IT assets
Disposing of redundant IT assets

It is important to dispose of redundant assets, to ensure POPI compliance when doing so,  and to be aware of the risk of using a non-compliant disposal service.

Wale Arewa, CEO of Xperien. 28 Apr 2017 - by Charmaine Shangase Ensure IT asset disposal compliance
Ensure IT asset disposal compliance
Wale Arewa, CEO of Xperien.

The first mobile hard drive crusher in SA will be at ITWeb POPI Update 2017 in May.

25 Apr 2017 - by Craig Moir POPI and the hidden costs of compliance
POPI and the hidden costs of compliance

Data security needs to follow sensitive data throughout its entire data life cycle management process, from capture through to disposal, says Craig Moir, MD of MyDBA. 

Belinda Milwidsky, IT manager at Fluxmans. 21 Apr 2017 - by Charmaine Shangase Prepare to appoint an information officer
Prepare to appoint an information officer
Belinda Milwidsky, IT manager at Fluxmans.

The Protection of Personal Information Act requires all companies to have an information officer in place.

13 Apr 2017 - by ITWeb Varonis Data security platform helps organisations prepare for POPI
Varonis Data security platform helps organisations prepare for POPI

Varonis Systems' Data Security Platform assists in driving readiness for POPI as organisations await the proclamation of a commencement date.

There is a vast amount out data to sift through for an organisation to become POPI compliant. 7 Apr 2017 - by Suzanne Franco Becoming POPI Act compliant
Becoming POPI Act compliant
There is a vast amount out data to sift through for an organisation to become POPI compliant.

Organisations are aware of the POPI Act, but unsure of its exact requirements and practical implementation.

Brent Cary, regional sales manager at Genetec. 4 Apr 2017 - by Sibahle Malinga IOT plays large role in targeted attacks
IOT plays large role in targeted attacks
Brent Cary, regional sales manager at Genetec.

The Internet of things emerges at a time when threats to our data and systems have never been greater, say experts.

Teki Akuetteh Falconer, member and executive director of Data Protection Commission (Ghana) will be presenting at the ITWeb POPI Update. 31 Mar 2017 - by Charmaine Shangase ITWeb Events announces inaugural POPI Update
ITWeb Events announces inaugural POPI Update
Teki Akuetteh Falconer, member and executive director of Data Protection Commission (Ghana) will be presenting at the ITWeb POPI Update.

This is aimed at helping delegates comprehend and implement POPI practically whilst improving their business processes.

8 Feb 2017 - by Jonathan Kropf Tarsus Cloud On Demand changes its name to Tarsus On Demand
Tarsus Cloud On Demand changes its name to Tarsus On Demand

It has changed its branding to Tarsus On Demand, says Jonathan Kropf, CEO, Tarsus On Demand.

Mohamed El Aougri, sales director for Targus in SA. 30 Mar 2017 - by Sibahle Malinga Targus appoints Axiz, Tarsus as Southern Africa distributors
Targus appoints Axiz, Tarsus as Southern Africa distributors
Mohamed El Aougri, sales director for Targus in SA.

The appointment of the two distributors aims to provide IT tools and accessories required to support the evolution of the mobile workforce in SA.

29 Mar 2017 - by Craig Moir POPI and data security - there is no time to lose
POPI and data security - there is no time to lose

South African companies are being hacked as often as any other companies in any other county around the world, says Craig Moir, MD of MyDBA.

24 Mar 2017 - by Joanne Carew The power of PoPI
The power of PoPI
Mayleen Bywater, Vox.

Know thy information, protect thy self.

16 Mar 2017 - by ITWeb South African POPI Act Data Protection Course
South African POPI Act Data Protection Course

CyberRiskAware is delighted to announce the latest addition to its user security awareness training library with the launch of a Data Protection course dedicated to enabling South African companies achieve compliance with the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act 2013.

The POPI module increases our library to over 28 security topics for staff to enjoy and complements other regional Data Protection courses covering United States of America (HIPAA), United Kingdom (Data Protection Act) and Ireland (Data Protection Act and GDPR).

Other topics in our awareness library include password, e-mail, social media, Web security, social engineering and public WiFi security.

All CyberRiskAware training content is designed with the user in mind and their busy schedules. Unlike all other content providers, we deliver "golden nugget" short, enjoyable and interactive content with videos never lasting more than one minute and courses less than eight minutes.

CyberRiskAware adds to its user security awareness training library with a course dedicated to helping local companies achieve POPI compliance. [Local rep: Bitrate]

13 Mar 2017 - by Marilyn de Villiers POPI a major challenge for SA healthcare industry
POPI a major challenge for SA healthcare industry

Very few IT service providers to the SA healthcare industry are able to comply with the surety standards required by POPI.

Beate Ungerer, sales manager at Backup Storage Facilities. 23 Feb 2017 - by Suzanne Franco Understanding the current POPI landscape
Understanding the current POPI landscape
Beate Ungerer, sales manager at Backup Storage Facilities.

A survey is being held to gather information about the needs of organisations when it comes to complying with this legislation.

Laws should not stop companies from using the cloud, says Michalsons' John Giles. 10 Feb 2017 - by Regina Pazvakavambwa Cloud adopters must comply with data laws
Cloud adopters must comply with data laws
Laws should not stop companies from using the cloud, says Michalsons' John Giles.

There are different kinds of laws that must be complied with in different jurisdictions, says Michalsons Attorneys.

Company executives should refrain from traditional hardware disposal methods, says CEO of Xperien Wale Arewa. 9 Feb 2017 - by Sibahle Malinga Xperien runs asset disposal awareness campaign
Xperien runs asset disposal awareness campaign
Company executives should refrain from traditional hardware disposal methods, says CEO of Xperien Wale Arewa.

The IT asset disposal company is running an awareness campaign and is giving away free digital sanitisation software called destroyData.

In 2017, firms will have to come to terms with POPI, drone laws and copyright amendments. 31 Jan 2017 - by Admire Moyo Regulatory quagmire awaits SA's IT businesses
Regulatory quagmire awaits SA's IT businesses
In 2017, firms will have to come to terms with POPI, drone laws and copyright amendments.

In 2017, firms will have to come to terms with POPI, drone laws and copyright amendments.

This year will present a regulatory quagmire for South African organisations, especially those involved in the information technology space.

Law firm Michalsons has made some predictions on the new legislations that it believes will have the biggest impact on local businesses.

SA has a number of laws that have been in the pipeline for some years and most of these regulations will come into play this year.

Michalsons believes that in 2017, data protection compliance will become urgent. This is because of the imminent Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) – SA's data protection law. The POPI Act was signed by the president on 19 November 2013 and published in the Government Gazette on 26 November 2013. On 10 May 2016, the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services shortlisted five candidates for the office of Information Regulator.

In October last year, a government statement confirmed the appointment of Pansy Tlakula as full-time member and chairperson of the Information Regulator.

Grace period

According to Michalsons, the general data protection regulation grace period enters its second and final year, and the law firm expects POPI to commence by 24 May 2017 with a one-year grace period.

"This will mean that by 24 May 2018, you must comply with these privacy and data protection laws, whichever applies to you," says John Giles, a legal advisor at Michalsons. "There is no time to lose and much of the hard work needs to be done in 2017, especially the implementation action items."

He urges organisations to pay attention to outliers in different jurisdictions that could cause them problems or have additional data protection requirements.

Pansy Tlakula was appointed chairperson of the Information Regulator last year.

Pansy Tlakula was appointed chairperson of the Information Regulator last year.

Wayne Clarke, MD of Metrofile Records Management, points out that realistically, South African businesses should already have started their POPI implementation processes, in order to ensure compliance by the cut-off date.

"Converting any company's records and information systems to reach a state of compliance is a long and expensive process, which is why organisations realistically require a multi-year time frame. That said, it is not impossible for a company to reach a state of compliance within 12 months," says Clarke.

Drone, robot law

According to Michalsons, as more and more people buy and use drones and robots, drone law and robot law will grow in significance.

Regulations for drones, also known as remotely piloted aircraft or unmanned aerial vehicles, were put in place by the South African Civil Aviation Authority in July 2015. The local industry has since lamented that the regulations are comprehensive but limiting.

"Many people will find these laws difficult to comply with and, therefore, there will be much unlawful flying of drones," says Michalsons.

It also believes access to, or freedom of, information will be another bone to chew in 2017. "Who has access to what information when will continue to be at the heart of many disputes," the law firm says.

It points out that in today's information society, information empowers and those who are denied access to information will be disempowered and will be excluded from economic opportunities. "If you are focusing on privacy compliance, you also have to focus on access to information compliance because they are two sides of the same coin," Giles says.

Much of the hard work needs to be done in 2017, says John Giles, a legal advisor at Michalsons.

South Africa has a number of laws that have been in the pipeline for some years and their impact will be felt this year.

19 Jan 2017 - by Elaine Bergenthuin Is privacy becoming passé?
Is privacy becoming passé?

In a world of shares, likes and selfies, is it unfashionable to ask for more discretion?

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