Subject: This law is not new but it is only coming into effect in parts. On 1 July 2020 a large number of sections were brought into force, and will be binding from 1 July 2021. This Act gives effect to the Constitutional right to privacy.
Purpose: The POPI Act creates a framework within which the processing of personal information must take place. Simply put, you must not collect, store, amend, distribute or otherwise deal with information that can identify a natural person unless you comply with the requirements of this Act. This is to protect the individual’s right to privacy. The module will identify the key terms and conditions for processing, give you some examples of what lawful processing could be, identify the risks of failing to comply, and give you an overview of the regime. Bear in mind that there is no case law yet and over time, the interpretation and application of this Act is likely to develop substantially.
Reflection: We all need to take the personal information about others seriously. This includes their names and addresses, but also their religious beliefs, health information, preferences and employment records. Having completed this module, you should be able to identify some of the key rules and be comfortable with what lawful processing entails.
Approx. time: 30-40 minutes