Disposing of your personal info is now law

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February 5, 2015
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What is POPI all about?

POPI refers to South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act which seeks to regulate the Processing of Personal Information.

Personal Information broadly means any information relating to an identifiable, living natural person or juristic person (companies, CC’s etc.) and includes, but is not limited to:

  • contact details: email, telephone, address etc.
  • demographic information: age, sex, race, birth date, ethnicity etc.
  • history: employment, financial, educational, criminal, medical history
  • biometric information: blood type etc.
  • opinions of and about the person
  • private correspondence etc.

Processing means broadly anything done with the Personal Information, including collection, usage, storage, dissemination, modification or destruction (whether such processing is automated or not).

 


Great News for locals!

10 / 10 Stationers has partnered with Fellowes to offer unbeatable prices on the following shredders. This will help Ballitonians to securely dispose of any personal information, check these specials out below!

If you take your protection of your personal information seriously and would like to know more about the above high quality shredders call 10/10 Stationers on 032 586 1690 they even offer free local delivery!


Why should I comply with POPI?

POPI promotes transparency with regard to what information is collected and how it is to be processed. This openness is likely to increase customer confidence in the organisation.

POPI compliance involves capturing the minimum required data, ensuring accuracy, and removing data that is no longer required. These measures are likely to improve the overall reliability of the organisation databases.

Compliance demands identifying Personal Information and taking reasonable measures to protect the data. This will likely reduce the risk of data breaches and the associated public relations and legal ramifications for the organisation.

Non-compliance with the Act could expose the Responsible Party to a penalty of a fine and / or imprisonment of up to 12 months. In certain cases the penalty for non-compliance could be a fine and / or imprisonment of up 10 years.

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