IT Readiness & PoPI
Let us help you get PoPI compliant
Don’t get caught not complying.
PoPI compliance is critical for all businesses.
Get PoPI compliant today.
The purpose of the Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act is to ensure that all South African institutions behave responsibly when collecting, processing, storing and sharing the personal information of another entity. PoPI was signed into law in 2013 and has significant implications for South African businesses, as they may incur potentially severe penalties if they fail to process and store personal information securely.
We asses your business situation
We work with Pepler O’Kennedy attorneys to assess your business’s current level of PoPI compliance, as well as the steps you’ve already taken to comply. In addition, we will advise you on how to secure your network and handle data protection as your business grows.
Complying with PoPI can be daunting. However, we will take you through it step by step to help you comply.
You’ll have a competitive advantage
It’s important for technology-based companies to have the ability to guarantee privacy. Protection of personal information is highly valued by customers, and by assuring them that their information is secure, you will be able to attract more customers.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the PoPI Act but are unsure about how to become compliant. Non-compliance with PoPI can lead to fines or imprisonment. You also run the risk of damaging your client’s relationships and reputation.
If your company processes or handles any personal information, we can help you comply with this legislation by improving your security systems.
How can we help?
Frequently asked questions
All companies and businesses in South Africa have to comply with the PoPI Act.
Personal information is any data that can be used to identify a person. This includes, but isn’t limited to, the following:
- ID numbers
- Contact details (telephone number, email address, physical address)
- Marital status
- Physical or mental health, disability and pregnancy
- Religion, culture or beliefs
- Education, medical, financial, criminal or employment history
- National, ethnic or social origin
If you fail to comply with PoPI, this can lead to a number of implications, such as:
- A complaint lodged with the Information Regulator, which is an independent juristic body that is responsible for educating the public about PoPI, handling complaints and monitoring compliance.
- Criminal prosecution.
- Receiving a civil claim for payment of any damages caused.