“The one year grace period given to South African Organisations to comply with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA ) will not be extended…” Adv Pansy Tlakula Chairperson of the Information Regulator 17 March 2021.
The POPIA Act applies to any organisation or person who processes the personal information of their clients (both in natural to juristic capacity). Same will entail the local chain store, Doctor’s practice, Estate Agents, Financial Service Providers and Attorneys to mention but a few. Conditions are created for the above responsible parties to lawfully process personal information.
The Information Regulator has subsequently issued a warning to all businesses that they need to be aware that they can face severe penalties. The Act makes provision for fines of up to R10 million and a jail sentence of up to 10 years, depending on the seriousness of the breach.
Our Information Laws Package (containing both PAIA and POPI guidance) offers a cost-effective way to systematically work through all requirements. You will be guided on your self-implementation journey and the package is specifically designed for anyone wanting to do their own implementation but in need of some guidance. Our package is therefore suitable to all business types, dealing with client information.
Save yourself time by using the prepared Guidelines which furnishes step-by-step processes, templates and reference tools to adapt to your specific business model.
Our package includes:
- PAIA Guidance Note
- PAIA Manual Template
- Guidance Note: Information Officer
- Guidance Note: Information Officer Duties
- Information Officer Appointment Form
- POPI Complaint Form
- Privacy / POPI Policy
- Employee Contract Annexure
- Generic POPI Privacy Notice
- Generic Confidentiality Clause
- SLA Confidentiality Clause
This article is a general information sheet and should not be used or relied on as legal or other professional advice. No liability can be accepted for any errors or omissions nor for any loss or damage arising from reliance upon any information herein. Always contact your legal adviser for specific and detailed advice. Errors and omissions excepted (E&OE).