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POPI Regulations or POPIA Regulations out for comment

The Information Regulator has published the draft POPI Regulations (or the draft POPIA Regulations) and invited people to comment on them by 7 November 2017. In this article, we'll summarise them, enable you to download them and help you decide what action [...]

By | 2017-09-10T11:04:38+00:00 September 8th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Launch of the Michalsons Compliance Programme

We're excited to introduce you to the Michalsons Compliance Programme. The programme is a set of related activities with the long-term aim of complying with the Data Protection laws and including the Protection of Personal Information Act. Why the Michalsons Compliance [...]

By | 2017-05-02T10:15:43+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , , |

How the GDPR changed the Argentina Personal Data Protection Act

The Argentina Personal Data Protection Act has been Argentina's data protection law since 2000. The country is, however, moving away from this law, and has already drafted a new data protection Bill. The reason for this new Bill is to [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:13+00:00 February 21st, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

What is POPIA? POPI or POPIA? Which one is Correct?

What is POPIA? POPIA stands for the Protection of Personal Information Act - the South African data privacy and data protection law that was enacted in 2013. Many people use the acronym POPI or POPI Act to refer to it. Some [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:15+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

POPI Commencement Date or POPI Effective Date starts the Clock

Many people want to know what the POPI commencement date (or POPI effective date) will be. It is important because the grace period of one year starts running from the commencement date - the clock starts ticking. You must comply with POPI [...]

By | 2017-09-10T17:50:23+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Shortlist of Candidates for Information Regulator

Parliament has shortlisted candidates for Information Regulator. This suggests that the Information Regulator will be established in 2016 and that POPI will commence later this year. Who the members of the Information Regulator are is very important. South Africa (both responsible [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:41+00:00 April 14th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Code of Conduct for an Industry Body

Many associations publish a code of conduct to which their members must adhere. It is binding on their members and self-regulation in the public interest. There are often good reasons for drafting and publishing a code. Sometimes, it is so [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:52+00:00 January 2nd, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

POPI Update: Parliament delays POPI to 2016

Many people are waiting for confirmation of the POPI commencement date. For any project it is always helpful to know your deadline. Parliament and the Minister are yet to give us a clear indication of the POPI timeline. POPI became [...]

Nominations for Information Regulator of POPI

Parliament has invited everyone to nominate five people for Parliament to appoint as members of the Information Regulator. Do you want to nominate someone? Do you know anyone who might want to nominate someone? Finding the right members is important to [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:56+00:00 July 26th, 2015|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Class Action for Civil Damages

A class action is quite common in other parts of the world and until recently South African courts haven't properly addressed the issue. This has all changed with the Transnet class action, South Africa's first and largest suit of its [...]

By | 2017-07-28T11:06:35+00:00 April 9th, 2015|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |