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.

When is the POPIA deadline in South Africa?

We guestimate that the POPIA deadline will be on about 1 June 2021 or maybe a few months before that. Many people want to know when the POPIA deadline is so that they can plan what action to take and [...]

By |2019-07-16T15:22:15+02:00July 15th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Is the ICO being too harsh with its GDPR fines?

This week, the UK Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) issued two intentions to fine organisations for breaches of the GDPR. It has not issued these GDPR fines yet, and both organisations still have an opportunity to respond to the intention with [...]

By |2019-07-12T17:09:32+02:00July 11th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Data processing agreements are required by law

Data protection laws require data processing agreements under certain circumstances and impose severe penalties where they aren’t in place. Let’s talk about how these agreements are required by law and what you can do to get them in place. Data [...]

By |2019-07-12T15:59:37+02:00June 25th, 2019|Categories: IT Law, POPI and Data Protection|

Information Security and the Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the phenomenon of computer chips and sensors being embedded in everyday physical objects that connect them to each other and the Internet. It’s transforming the world, with service providers rolling out IoT networks [...]

By |2019-07-10T15:07:40+02:00May 31st, 2019|Categories: Information Security Law, IT Law, POPI and Data Protection|

How much does data protection compliance cost?

Now there is a good question. Many people ask us how much does data protection compliance (or more specifically GDPR compliance or POPIA compliance) cost. I'm afraid there is no simple answer but I can give you some guidance to [...]

By |2019-04-25T13:27:27+02:00April 25th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |

Access to information and data protection in elections

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 [...]

How to increase your knowledge of data protection

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 [...]

By |2019-04-02T10:10:49+02:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , , |

International Conference of Information Commissioners ICIC 2019

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 [...]

By |2019-03-18T20:11:11+02:00March 18th, 2019|Categories: Access to Information, POPI and Data Protection|

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 |2019-03-18T22:01:20+02:00March 17th, 2019|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |