Block title


New laws to protect personal information

- Advertisment -

Sections of the POPIA come into effect today, 1 July 2020

Progress is being made to promote the protection of personal information. President Cyril Ramaphosa has now announced the commencement of parts of the Protection of Personal Information Act (PoPIA). The remaining provisions of the Act will be addressed once the Information Regulator assumes its powers, functions and duties in terms of the Act.

The sections that will commence on 1 July 2020 include the conditions for processing personal information, procedures for dealing with complaints and provisions regulating direct marketing by means of unsolicited electronic communication. Sections 2 – 38, 55 – 109, 111 and 114 (1), (2) and (3) shall commence on 1 July 2020 and Sections 110 and 114(4) will commence on 30 June 2021.

End of life IT equipment

According to legislation, businesses are required to manage the complete destruction of all data when IT assets reach end-of-life. Xperien  said that the company has partnered with Blancco to help clients comply with the growing number of data protection regulations and standards.

Xperien CEO Wale Arewa says businesses that process personal information must ensure that it is done in a lawful way. “The PoPIA Act is designed to protect personal information, especially in the case of data breaches and data theft.”

“Compliance is fast becoming a competitive advantage. Customers don’t want to be put at risk –  data breaches and issues related to regulatory compliance, associated costs and loss of reputation will have dire consequences for businesses that suffer data breaches,” he explains.

As a specialist in data erasure and diagnostics, Blancco focuses on aspects of data compliance and cybersecurity that companies of all sizes need to take into consideration. Blancco provides thousands of businesses with an absolute line of defence against costly security breaches, as well as verification of regulatory compliance through a 100% tamper-proof audit trail.

“Within one year after the commencement of the Act, all forms of processing of personal information must be done in accordance with the Act. This will ensure that companies have adequate security measures when dealing with your private information,” he concludes.

How to go about compliance

“Although the entire PoPIA will not commence, most of the important substantive sections will take effect this month. For organisations to get their compliance in order, there will be a 12-month phase in period”, Dr Danie Strachan, Partner and Commercial Attorney at Adams and Adams told EngineerIT.

“All businesses in South Africa should now review their personal information processing and ensure that they will be able to comply with PoPIA’s requirements. Personal information is any information that relates to a living, identifiable natural person, or an existing juristic person (e.g. a company). To process such information, one must comply with the information processing conditions contained in PoPIA requiring a comprehensive and ongoing information management process.

Dr Strachen suggest that a business can take various steps to start this process, including:

  • Establishing a PoPIA task team.
  • Creating the necessary processes, notices, and other required documentations.
  • Ensuring appropriate training of all relevant personnel.
  • Reviewing the organisation’s processing of personal information and the type of information processed.
  • Checking whether personal information will be transferred across South Africa’s borders and ensuring compliance with PoPIA’s requirements relating to this.
  • Making sure that all direct marketing will comply with PoPIA’s requirements.
  • Reviewing information security and safeguards.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

Latest articles

CSIR locally developed ventilator rolled out

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), an entity of the Department of Science and Innovation (DSI) – in collaboration with a number...

Fak’ugesi Festival 2020 is Powering Up Africa’s Resolution

#POWERTOTHEPIXEL 2020 invites artists to enter now! The Tshimologong Digital Innovation Precinct and Wits School of Arts in Johannesburg has announced that its 2020 Fak’ugesi...

Hytec opens branch in Lephalale

Hytec South Africa, a member of the Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group, has officially opened its new branch in Lephalale. The branch provides a...

Wi-Fi spectrum subdivision bandpass filter

New from Qorvo is a BAW bandpass filter with a passband from 2402 to 2427 MHz. It can handle up to 28 dBm of...

LensoFlex 4 photometric engine enhances LED performance

The LEDlume XP offers optimised photometrical performance with a minimum total cost of ownership. It provides the ideal tool to generate energy savings, improve...

Check Point Infinity SOC eliminates alert overload

Check Point Infinity SOC eliminates alert overload, enabling security teams to identify and block cyber-attacks with speed and accuracy Infinity SOC uses industry-first, AI-based incident...
- Advertisement -

Endless applications with Nordic SoC

Mislaying your car keys is a common frustration for many people, so the development by China-based wearable electronics firm Zizai Technology is a lifesaver....

Full-service cyber security solution is needed now

Apart from the obvious risk of contracting coronavirus and getting seriously ill during this worldwide pandemic, there is also a greater risk for companies’...

Solar Orbiter ready for science

ESA’s Solar Orbiter has successfully completed four months of painstaking technical verification, known as commissioning. Despite the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the...

Gateway for industrial automation

SICK Sensors unveils ProfiNet SIG200 IO-Link sensor integration gateway for industrial automation SICK recently announced its new SIG200 ProfiNet sensor integration gateway. The product is...

Africa – the disconnected continent

The IDC market outlook for Africa underscores the value of connectivity, the importance of ICT and the need to be more prepared when it...