South Africas Protection of Personal Information

What does POPI do? South Africa’s Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) governs the manner in which personal information is collected, stored, used, disseminated and deleted. Personal information has a wide meaning and includes information which identifies and relates to living individuals (gender and employment history) and existing corporates (company contact details and correspondence of a confidential nature).

 The individual or corporate that the personal information relates to is referred to as the data subject. POPI protects personal information of data subjects by imposing minimum standards for its lawful processing. The data subject must consent to the processing of personal information except in certain circumstances.


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