The Protection of Personal Information Act came into effect on the 1st of July 2021. The Act has outlined how organisations need to take steps in order to protect the personal interests of those whose personal information they collect.
Did you know that the Act has threatened fines of up to R10-million for non-compliance, and offenders also risk jail time if they do not comply?
With the stakes this high, organisations need to ensure that they put policies in place to make sure the law is not broken. However, these policies can be confusing and time-consuming. Many organisations left it until the last minute to become compliant.
Now is the right time to check implementation and get an overview of what may require additional attention.
Data breaches are a concern for businesses on an international scale, leading to the enactment of this law. Knowing how to identify and classify the information your organisation works with is important for security planning. Likewise, it has become paramount that employees are trained to understand the POPI Act.
How collected data is used, controlled, stored and accessed are all essential in ensuring that individuals’ information is being used ethically and responsibly. Data breaches can cost companies millions, excluding the cost of reputational damage, and recovery takes months.
Our POPI Gap Analysis (which will produce an actional road map) will give you an overview of where to focus your attention to mitigate the risks associated with non-compliance.
Consult an expert to assist you in the development of policies and the training of your employees to mitigate these risks and put you on the road to compliance.
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