Maryna holds the BA, LLB, LLM degrees and is a Director at the Cape Town offices of STBB. She is an admitted Attorney, Notary Public and Conveyancer with many years of experience in the field of property law and conveyancing. She is also the firm's Marketing Director and attends to external publications for the firm as well as conducts ongoing training for estate agent and bankers training and is a regular seminar presenter for attorneys and property practitioners.

Newsflash | POPI COUNTDOWN AND YOU

Today the bulk of the provisions of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI)  finally becomes operational and your 12 month countdown to compliance begins.

POPI gives effect to your right to privacy and the prescribed principles that must be adhered to before a business may process (collect, use, share, delete) private information about you, are welcomed. For businesses however it means stepping up on internal and external privacy protection processes to make sure these requirements are met. Apart from the reputational damage, hefty fines can follow on non-compliance.

We are here to assist. Once you have answered these 10 questions, you will have a better understanding of how much there is to achieve in the 12 month window period.   We suggest that you liaise with our Privacy Compliance Team to guide you going forward and work through our suggested 6 month Gearing-Up Programme.  For starters, you would need to finetune a privacy policy in which you set out how you intend to deal with client and staff personal information that you hold. This draft is a handy beginning for an estate agency business. (For other businesses, please contact the POPI team.)

We are conducting monthly Zoom sessions for participants in the Gearing-Up programme, assisting you gradually  from doing a GAP analysis regarding personal information in your office, to drafting policies, amending existing employment and third party agreements, and upskilling your staff. Join our Zoom session on 22 July here