Since its implementation in 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has become a global standard in protecting end-users from the unlawful use or dissemination of their personal information.
South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA), set to commence in July 2021, is modelled on GDPR, and it affects all businesses.
While many organisations believe that POPIA compliance will not affect them, or that it is just an IT problem, this is a short-sighted attitude that could see them falling foul of the law. Compliance requires business and IT to work together to manage data effectively, which at the same time provides a number of business benefits.
The buck does not stop with IT
POPIA is an umbrella data protection law that governs how businesses need to handle data, more extensively than the various silos of rules that have existed to date. In the information economy, protecting data is of the utmost importance, not only for compliance purposes but also to safeguard businesses themselves.
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