POPI and Data Protection

/POPI and Data Protection

The protection of personal information (POPI), privacy and data protection. Referred to as data protection in many parts of the world. Includes all privacy laws and the Protection of Personal Information Act – sometimes referred to as POPI, POPI Act, POPI Bill, PPI Bill, PPI Act, Personal Information Act, Privacy Protection Act, Privacy Act, or Data Protection Act.

UN concerned about Privacy and Interception in South Africa

The United Nations Human Right Committee is concerned that the South African Government is unlawfully surveilling, intercepting and monitoring the private communications (like emails, SMSs, and phone calls) of its citizens on a mass scale. The committee is concerned that the National Communications Centre [...]

By | April 20th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |0 Comments

GDPR adopted by European Parliament

The European Parliament (or EU Parliament) finally adopted, enacted, or approved the Global Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) on 14 April 2016 after four years of negotiations. The GDPR is the most important piece of personal data protection legislation in the world [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |0 Comments

The Panama Papers Leak and the Legal Questions it Raises

The Panama Papers leak has become one of the most widely covered data protection issues in the news. But the one question no one probably asked yet is: what connection is there between the Panama Papers and the law? What [...]

By | April 15th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Shortlist of Candidates for Information Regulator

Parliament has shortlisted candidates for the Information Regulator. This suggests that the Information Regulator will be established in 2016 and that POPI will commence later this year. Who the members of the Information Regulator are is very important. South Africa (both [...]

By | April 14th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

POPI Commencement Date or POPI Effective Date

Many people want to know what the POPI commencement date (or 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 and [...]

By | April 2nd, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |Comments Off on POPI Commencement Date or POPI Effective Date

The Safe Harbor Ruling and What it Means

On the 6 October 2015 the European Court of Justice (ECJ) made the Safe Harbor ruling which declared the Safe Harbor Agreement invalid. The ECJ ruled that the European Commission’s trans-Atlantic data protection agreement that went into force in 2000 [...]

By | March 14th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why the Microsoft Ireland Case is Important?

The Microsoft Ireland case concerns whether the US government can compel Microsoft to give it access to Hotmail emails it holds on its server in Ireland. Can a US Government search warrant compel Microsoft to retrieve emails it holds on [...]

By | March 2nd, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Budget Allocated for POPI Regulator

The POPI Regulator has received an allocation in the 2016 National Treasury Budget tabled in Parliament. It is interesting because it gives us an indication of what the regulator will look like and when it is likely to be established. [...]

By | March 1st, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , , |0 Comments

What is the GDPR and Why is it Important?

What is the GDPR? The General Date Protection Regulation or GDPR is a new data protection law Europe has enacted that will apply to the whole of the EU and many organisations in other parts of the world. The GDPR [...]

By | February 25th, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: , |0 Comments

POPI Act Summary in Plain Language

Are you looking for a POPI Act summary? It is a complex law that is difficult to summarise. It has a broad impact on many entities and industries. The impact is also different for different organisations so summarising it for [...]

By | February 22nd, 2016|Categories: POPI and Data Protection|Tags: |0 Comments