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Retention and restriction of records: “Be careful what you record as you might just have to delete it”

According to the Act, personal information may not be retained any longer than is necessary for achieving the purpose for which the information was collected or subsequently processed. There are several exceptions to this rule though so it would be best to seek legal advice to confirm your specific obligations depending on your type of […]

Ensuring the Quality of Information: “Be careful what you ask for as you just might get it”

Once you become the custodian of someone’s personal information you also have a responsibility to maintain their records and take reasonable, practical steps to ensure that the information is complete, accurate, not misleading and remains updated where necessary. The extent of your responsibility will depend on the purpose for which the personal information was collected […]

Collecting and Recording of Personal Information

Under the PoPI Act, entities collecting personal information from you the “data subject”: may only collect personal information directly from you (the owner) must inform you when they are about to collect personal information and obtain your consent must have a good enough reason for collecting this information, i.e. it must be something they need […]

Accountability: Up to R10 million in fines or 10 years in jail!

The consequence of non-compliance to the PoPI Act could result in fines of up to R10 million and/or up to 10 years in jail time for some offences. As a result the act has serious implications for representatives such as company directors as well as compliance- and information officers. An Information Regulator (who will be […]

Implementing PoPI: How the PoPI Act affects you and your business

The Act lists the following eight “conditions for the lawful processing of personal information”, each containing their own sections: Accountability Processing limitation Purpose specification Further processing limitation Information quality Openness Security Safeguards Data subject participation These conditions and their implications for business are discussed in more detail in the following sections along with some practical […]

What is POPI? The Protection of Personal Information (PoPI) Act explained

In simple terms, the purpose of the PoPI Act is to ensure that all South African institutions conduct themselves in a responsible manner when collecting, processing, storing and sharing another entity’s personal information by holding them accountable should they abuse or compromise your personal information in any way. The PoPI legislation basically considers your personal […]

WorkPool Quickie #3

Hi there fellow WorkPool user, Warning: This special edition of the WorkPool Quicky may take more that 60 seconds to read! HAPPY BIRTHDAY WORKPOOL !! (WorkPool Turns 1): February 2003 marks a year since WorkPool was first introduced to market, and what a year it’s been! The market’s response to WorkPool has been phenomenal! At […]

WorkPool Quickie #2

Hi there fellow WorkPool user, (If this is the first time you receive a WorkPool Quicky, then read the “What is a WorkPool Quicky” text in the footer of this newsletter.) WorkPool In The News (again)!: After receiving a 5-STAR rating in SA Computer Magazine in May 2002, WorkPool was featured again in the January […]