A practical guide on complying with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) effectively. It sets out what you should do for POPI compliance. This is not an academic text – it contains useful insights in plain language. This guide will help you to take practical effective action to protect personal information at the lowest cost. And get business value out of those efforts. It is packed with visual aids, diagrams, and tools.

Practical Guide to Effective POPI Compliance coverWhat does it cover?

  • An overview of POPI
  • How POPI practically applies to your activities (what you do)
  • The timeline
  • Some of the major practical implications, like information security, marketing, collection, notification, and cross border transfers
  • Why POPI matters – the risks
  • The overlap between POPI and other laws
  • Planning what you are going to do to comply with POPI
  • Implementing what you need to do to comply

How you benefit

  • Know your legal responsibilities
  • Get an overview of POPI
  • Know what practical actions to take to comply effectively
  • Run a successful project
  • Continuously updated information
  • Interactive, live and easy to search

Who should read it and why?

Anyone wanting to know how to comply with POPI.

  • Legal advisors (corporate lawyers or in-house lawyers) – to provide good legal advice on privacy issues
  • CIOs and IT Managers – to manage ICT
  • IT Operators – to ensure that ICT operates
  • IT Security officers – to secure ICT and personal information
  • IT Governance officers and specialists – to govern ICT
  • Information officers – to balance access to information and protection of information. To stay out of jail.
  • Marketing Managers – to market in accordance with the law
  • Compliance officers – to effectively comply with privacy laws
  • Auditors and assurance providers (internal and external) – to audit and provide assurance regards privacy
  • Risk Officers and Managers – to manage privacy risks
  • HR and Payroll Managers – to ensure that the personal information of employees is protected
  • Credit Managers – to ensure that personal information of creditors and debtors is protected
  • Pension Fund Trustees – to ensure that the personal information of beneficiaries is protected
  • Directors (executive and non-executive, CEOs and FDs) – to discharge their legal duties and direct the course of the organisation, Especially directors of organisations whose business is the processing of personal information.

Who does it apply to?

This guide is for all organisations who process personal information, especially those in the Financial Services, Healthcare and Marketing sectors.

What form does it take?

This is a website-based, interactive, subscription service.

What do you get?

It includes a table of contents, an index, end notes, further reading and useful links. Bite size chunks of useful and practical information. Regular updates as new information and insights become available.

Who is the author?

John Giles

The document has been authored by John Giles. John is a trusted independent professional legal adviser, who is a practising attorney. He is currently helping many people understand the practical impact of POPI on their organisations. He helps them to comply with POPI and implement effective privacy projects. He has also presented over 50 times on the topic to thousands of people. John is an information, communications and technology (ICT) lawyer. He has 13 years of practical experience applying his knowledge to organisations to help them grow and avoid legal problems, difficulties, and disputes. He is a member of the King III IT Governance Sub-Committee.


This guide is not yet available but is in the process of being developed. You can let us know you are interested by completing the form on the right or emailing us now. We will contact you with more details as soon as the guide is available.

Other solutions

In the interim you may wish to attend one of our POPI workshops. You can read about our other privacy and protection of personal information services here.