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Progress by the Information Regulator – Media Briefing

Michalsons attended the media briefing given by the Information Regulator in Cape Town on 13 February 2017. We were pleased to engage with this newly appointed, energetic and committed team. A few key points from their presentation follow: They have [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:15+00:00 February 14th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

POPI Regulations or POPIA Regulations are being Drafted

Are you looking for the POPI Regulations or the POPIA Regulations? The reason you cannot find them is because they have not yet been released to the public. There are two people who have the power to make regulations. Minster's POPI [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:16+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 | 2017-04-13T09:21:10+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Information Regulator in South Africa

The Information Regulator is a new regulator that has been created by the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act). POPI gives the Information Regulator teeth - it has extensive powers to investigate and fine responsible parties. Data subjects will be [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:16+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Common and Different POPI Compliance Requirements

Once we have a POPI commencement date, all organisations will be on the same timeline with the same deadline. They’ll all be on the same journey of meeting the compliance requirements to lawfully process personal information and protect people from [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:26+00:00 November 29th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

Is the Geolocation of Employees Lawful?

Geolocation is the identification of the geographic location of an object (like a computer) or a person (like an employee). It is obviously very useful to know where something is. Knowing that John is on the 15th floor in boardroom [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:32+00:00 October 27th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Appointment of the Information Regulator for POPI and PAIA

Today, 7 September 2016,  the South African National Assembly voted in favour of the appointment of the Information Regulator for POPI and PAIA. Parliament voted for the five nominated candidates to run the newly-formed office of the Information Regulator. This is not [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:34+00:00 September 7th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Your POPI project should have a law firm as the main service provider

Only law firms should be lead service providers when ensuring you comply with POPI. Consultants, auditors, audit firms and even information security or IT governance consultants cannot provide the legal protection and privilege offered by law firms. Lawyers must be [...]

By | 2017-03-30T13:21:37+00:00 June 13th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

What does the GDPR mean for the POPI Act?

The General Data Protection Regulation (or GDPR) has been adopted by the European Parliament in early 2016. South Africa's data protection law, the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) was enacted in 2013. What does the GDPR mean for the POPI [...]