POPI is near

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POPI, or the Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013, is nearing its long-awaited implementation. It looks like POPI is back on track, and Parliament is proceeding to appoint the information regulator, which should be in place by July 2016. Regulations and dates of actual implementation will have to then be published.

The Act was in the pipeline for several years and is one of the longest pieces of legislation, with 115 clauses, and was signed by the president on 19 November 2013 for general information.

It is important to note that lists compilation and usage is not outlawed, but regulated.

It is now time to review your practical proactive engagement to comply with not just the letter of the law, but also its spirit, as POPI is principle-based and not rule-based.

The principles:

Transparency under strict safeguards for integrity and security of processing

The Act applies to most of us on a very wide scale.

* It applies to all personal information of identifiable living persons or entities natural and juristic persons, private and public bodies.
* All companies, in general, and also several of their divisions holding personal information, natural or juristic.
* The three tiers of government: Municipalities, provincial and national, all parastatals and service providers.
* It covers the full life cycle of the processing of personal information, including all suppliers.

To find out the practical steps you can implement now to help your organisation further down the line, please visit

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