POPI COMMENCEMENT DATE ANNOUNCED – HERE’S WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

Authors: Rohan Isaacs and Tatum Govender

The President has (finally!) announced that the operative provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013 will come into force on 1 July 2020.

What is POPI?

POPI is South Africa’s data privacy law and it stands for the Protection of Personal Information Act, 2013. It is sometimes also referred to as POPIA. It governs when and how organisations collect, use, store, delete and otherwise handle personal information.

What is personal information under POPI?

Generally speaking, personal information is any information that can be used to personally identify a natural or juristic (i.e. organisations) person. This includes name, identity number, age and addresses.

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