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.

Thought of the Week | NOT ANOTHER POPI EMAIL: HOW WILL POPIA COMPLIANCE AFFECT YOUR BUSINESS?

We regularly consult with business owners who, when considering their POPIA compliance responsibilities, react thereto in love-hate terms. On the one hand, there is a positive response where compliance is constructively applied to the business’ own day-to-day running procedures and management. On the other hand, it appears less rosy where it is presented as a must-do red tape exercise, with a government-imposed threat of financially damaging penalties for non-compliance .

Fortunately, compliance with POPIA is neither of the above as these notes suggest:

  1. Complying with POPIA is a big business worry only
  2. Ensuring compliance with POPIA is not an IT responsibility
  3. Debunking the one-size-fits-all approach to complying with POPIA
  4. POPI is not really about (unnecessary) red tape and a way for government to burden businesses

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI or POPIA), in the most simple terms, sets out ways in which businesses must deal with personal information that they hold and process. This includes personal details of their employees, as well as the personal details of their customers, clients and service providers; whether the customers and clients are individuals or other businesses/entities.

No matter the size of your business operation, you will hold (i.e., record) details of your customers, employees and third parties that provide services to you, online or on paper. As such you should now commence steps to make sure the information is safeguarded as required by POPIA, to be compliant when the Act becomes enforceable in July 2021.

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