Protection of Personal Information (POPI) summary

When the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is fully enacted, corporations will face fines of up to R10 million and prison sentences of up to 10 years for serious breaches of the eight principles governing the protection of personal information. 

With enforcement of privacy laws becoming more stringent globally and regulators pushing for greater deterrents to prevent unlawful use of personal data, it is more important than ever for all businesses and organisations to understand what they must do to comply with privacy legislation.

This two page summary outlines key elements of privacy law in South Africa and serves as both a guide on taking the first steps to POPI compliance and a refresher for those who may already be well on the road. It includes:

  • Explanations of some of the key terminology of the POPI Act
  • What the legislation covers and who must comply
  • Penalties for breaching the POPI Act
  • Practical steps you can take towards compliance


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