Webber Wentzel Launches a POPIA Readiness Series

On 22 June 2020, President Ramaphosa made the much-awaited announcement that almost all of the remaining provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 4 of 2013 (POPIA) will be coming into effect on 1 July 2020.  Businesses and individuals that process personal information have twelve months to ensure that they comply with the provisions of POPIA.

In anticipation of the 30 June 2021 deadline, Webber Wentzel is launching a POPIA Readiness Series. In this series we will highlight some of the provisions and themes in POPIA, on a monthly basis, and provide some quick, practical tips on what businesses and individuals should be thinking about as part of their POPIA compliance programme.  Some of the topics that we will cover include:

  • security safeguards;
  • retention of personal information;
  • direct marketing;
  • cross-border transfer of personal information; and
  • the duties of the Information Officer.

There are a wide range of obligations that POPIA places on businesses and individuals that process personal information, as well as penalties for non-compliance that range up to 10 years' imprisonment and/or ZAR10 million in administrative fines.  For this reason, businesses and individuals should use the 12-month grace period to carefully review how they process  personal information and assess the extent to which they comply with the provisions of POPIA.

For further information, please contact us.