What is a compliance programme?
The programme is a set of related activities with the long-term aim of complying with the law (for example data protection laws including the POPI Act). We will walk through each step with you to ensure you reach your compliance objectives. We believe that a problem shared is a problem halved. Collaborating with other organisations who have a similar compliance requirement to solve common issues makes a lot of sense, especially when the common goal is to protect people from harm. Through the programme, we help many organisations at the same time and thereby reduce the cost of compliance.
A compliance programme should be outcomes-based – not a tick box exercise
- Comply with the law following a risk-based approach and by doing what is reasonably practicable.
- Be able to demonstrate what you did to comply.
- Build trust with your stakeholders (for example by displaying the POPI certified seal).
- Minimise the risks of non-compliance.
The Data Protection Programme officially began on 1 May 2017, but you can join now. It will continue for as long as you need it – you can terminate your membership at any time. If you’d rather comply yourself (for example by attending a workshop or webinar) or ask Michalsons to comply for you, you can read more about these alternative options.