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The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) Fact Sheet

The Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA) introduces an overarching regulatory framework for the processing of personal information and was ratified on 19 November 2013. The POPI Act intends to promote the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies and introduces minimum requirements for the processing of personal information. To date, only certain sections of the POPI act have come into effect, with the remaining sections coming into effect upon proclamation of a commencement date by the President.

The enactment of the POPI Act was intended to stem the tide of free-flowing personal information and offer protection to South Africans seeking to uphold their constitutional rights to privacy and dignity, as well as bringing South Africa on par with those countries which have existing data protection legislation, such as the EU with the impending GDPR.

This fact sheet outlines:

  • The Protection of Personal Information (POPIA) overview
  • Key features of the POPIA Act
  • How to secure your sensitive data
  • How Boldon James can help

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