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#ITWebSS2021: Is POPIA more than a tick-box exercise?

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In an increasingly connected world, the protection of personal information and data has become a top priority for legislators in every jurisdiction, and has seen a slew of new data protection regulations coming into effect.

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South Africa has implemented the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act or POPIA), and local organisations have until 1 July to be fully compliant, or risk falling foul of the regulator and incurring massive fines.

POPIA’s main objectives is to control the processing of personal information and data protection in a effort to align all South African data protection laws with international standards. An Information Regulator has been appointed and is starting to get involved in matters relating to information security incidents that might have exposed personal data.

However, many South African businesses are battling to come to grips with POPI and risk not meeting the deadline, as they don’t understand the requirements, or even know where to begin.

With this in mind, Sarisha Kisten, MD of Sarisha Kisten Incorporated, will be presenting on “POPIA: More than just a tick-box exercise?”, at the ITWeb Security Summit 2021, to be held as a virtual event from 1 to 3 June.

Kisten is an attorney and her areas of expertise are in data protection law, compliance advisory, commercial contract advisory, labour and employment law.

During her presentation, she will cover aspects such as the key requirements of POPIA, the impact of data breaches and the role of POPIA in enabling businesses to function more effectively.

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