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POPIA EXPLAINED: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF POPIA?

by Signa Group's Information Management Department


WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF POPIA?


The purpose of POPIA is to:


  • Protect Personal Information: Ensures that individuals and businesses handle personal information safely and responsibly.

  • Establish Minimum Requirements: Set standards for legally processing personal information.

  • Balance Rights: Balance individuals' or businesses' right to privacy with access to information.

  • Promote Transparency: Mandates clear communication about using and storing personal information.

  • Create Accountability: Holds individuals and businesses accountable for their information handling practices.

  • Regulate Cross-Border Information Transfers: Controls how personal information is shared internationally.

  • Harmonise Standards: Aligns South African information protection laws with international standards.

  • Establish the Information Regulator: A government body responsible for enforcing compliance with POPIA.


Don't hesitate to get in touch with us for more information at popia@signa.co.za

 

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