How to increase your knowledge of data protection

By | 2019-03-18T21:47:19+00:00 March 18th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , , |

You’ve been given the responsibility to address data protection (and maybe access to information) in our organisation. You might have even been made the data protection officer (or information officer) for your organisation. You are excited and scared at the [...]

International Conference of Information Commissioners ICIC 2019

By | 2019-03-18T20:11:11+00:00 March 18th, 2019|Categories: Access to Information, POPI and Data Protection|

I attended the 11th International Conference of Information Commissioners (ICIC) on 10-14 March 2019 in Johannesburg South Africa with the theme "International cooperation to strengthen public access to information". I found it very interesting and many asked me about the [...]

POPI Commencement Date or POPI Effective Date starts the Clock

By | 2019-03-18T22:01:20+00:00 March 17th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]

Access to information and data protection in elections

By | 2019-03-16T13:56:20+00:00 March 16th, 2019|Categories: Access to Information, POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

We need free and fair elections in order for democracy to work. Two key aspects of ensuring that the people's voice is heard is access to information (transparency or shining a light on the process) and data protection (processing of [...]

GDPR compliance checklist | Guidance and download

By | 2019-03-11T11:30:07+00:00 March 7th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: |

Many people are looking for a GDPR compliance checklist. They want to be able to work through it and tick off the items on it and say done - we are GDPR compliant and then get GDPR certified. Many people are frustrated [...]

Data protection is like personal fitness

By | 2019-03-08T11:34:26+00:00 March 6th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|

It is useful to draw an analogy between data protection and personal fitness. It will help you work out what your organisation should do to comply with data protection laws. Note that it is data protection that is like personal fitness [...]

Are you GDPR compliant and what is GDPR compliance?

By | 2019-03-07T19:52:19+00:00 March 6th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|

Many want to know how to be GDPR compliant. Many seek GDPR compliance. For many, it is their goal and gives them sleepless nights. There are GDPR projects whose objective is GDPR compliance. Governing bodies demand it. People want to [...]

Do what is reasonably practicable to comply with POPI

By | 2019-03-06T20:33:04+00:00 March 3rd, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Do not try to protect all the personal information you process all of the time. You should only do what is reasonably practicable to protect personal information. This might sound strange coming from a lawyer who helps organisations to comply with [...]

Information Regulator in South Africa

By | 2019-03-04T15:07:47+00:00 March 3rd, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

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 [...]