POPI and Data Protection

/POPI and Data Protection

The protection of personal information, and privacy and data protection laws (including the GDPR and the POPI Act or POPIA) are key laws in today’s information society. Information compliance or information rights are central to so many disputes. Michalsons are expert professional legal advisers who can help you to comply with global laws. We are a team of practical lawyers who have assisted many clients, with many issues, over many years. You can read more about how we can assist you with privacy and data protection or read on below for our insights on this topic.

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 | 2018-02-19T21:03:45+00:00 February 10th, 2018|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Data privacy or data protection in South Africa

What is the law regards data privacy or data protection in South Africa? Does South Africa have a Data Protection Act? In terms of South African law, the right to privacy is protected in terms of the common law and [...]

By | 2018-02-12T13:47:12+00:00 January 28th, 2018|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Code of Conduct for an Industry Body and Certifications

Many associations publish a code of conduct (CoC) 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 [...]

By | 2018-04-09T21:25:10+00:00 January 20th, 2018|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |

Information Security Team: Your task force for securing information and responding to incidents

A group of people working together can achieve a goal more quickly and effectively that one person working alone. Information security law compliance is difficult and requires an information security team of people to do it properly. Your team should [...]

By | 2018-01-18T15:00:45+00:00 January 16th, 2018|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Map activities, not information or data flows

You should map activities instead of information or data flows as a first step to complying with data protection laws (like the GDPR and the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act)). Many of our clients are struggling with a similar issue when [...]

By | 2018-02-05T19:21:00+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

POPI Regulations or POPIA Regulations out for comment

The Information Regulator has published the draft POPI regulations (or POPIA regulations as some people call them) and invited people to comment on them by 7 November 2017. The regulator has held public consultations on the regulations and is now [...]

By | 2018-01-17T10:09:28+00:00 November 7th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |

Freedom of expression news: data protection balancing act

As data protection law develops, it frequently comes into conflict with freedom of expression. The right to privacy (like data protection) and freedom of expression are in a precarious balancing act and need to be handled carefully. The latest freedom [...]

By | 2017-12-07T07:01:10+00:00 July 19th, 2017|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: |