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(POPI) Act explained

Identity and/or passport number, Date of birth and age Phone number/s (including mobile phone number) Email address/es and On-line/Instant messaging identifiers.

Records

Physical address, Gender, Race and Ethnic origin Photos, voice recordings, video footage (also CCTV), biometric data and Marital/Relationship status and Family relations.

Information

Marital/Relationship status and Family relations, Criminal record, Private correspondence, Religious or philosophical beliefs including personal and political opinions, Employment history and salary information and Financial information.

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National Credit Act

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Like the National Credit Act established the National Consumer Tribunal, the CPA establishes the National Consumer Commission which enforces the provisions of the CPA and protects consumers. Who does the CPA protect? Any person acting personally or in a representative may approach a court, the National Consumer Tribunal or the National Consumer Commission to allege

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M-Files Document Management

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M-Files Document Management -M-Files enterprise content management (ECM) solutions transform how businesses manage, secure and share information with a unique metadata-driven approach that organizes and processes content based on what it is, rather than where it resides. Thousands of businesses in over 100 countries use M-Files on-premise, in the cloud or in hybrid environments to

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Popi to change the way SA firms handle your data

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Cape Town – Personal data has become a must-have commodity and a new Act seeks to limit just how much personal data companies may share or retain. The scenario is a common one that many South Africans experience: You get a call at the most inappropriate time; the caller knows your name and proceeds to

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Your personal data

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Cape Town – It’s a case of individual responsibility with regard to protecting your personal data despite the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popi) because it only has force with companies operating in South Africa. Popi was promulgated in 2013 after several delays and is meant to regulate how companies can collect, retain and disseminate

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No government ‘exceptions’ on personal data

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Cape Town – The Protection of Personal Information Act (Popi) should apply to all organisations, irrespective of whether they be government agencies, a security firm has asserted. Popi was promulgated in 2013 in response to the rampant practice of companies collecting and trading personal information, but the act is intended to limit this behaviour. The

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Data security tips

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Cape Town – The Protection of Personal Information Act (Popi) demands that companies take precautions as regards the handling of personal information. The Act indicates that firms may face significant liability in the event of data loss or if information is shared with third parties without explicit consent of the “data subject” – you. However,

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SA firms dragging their heels on Popi

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Johannesburg – The implementation phase of the Protection of Personal Information Act is around the corner, but the majority of South African enterprises have not yet made an effort to comply with the legislation. The act, also known as Popi, seeks to place restrictions on how companies handle personal data and guarantees the public the

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Five wireless trends affecting SA in 2015

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Privacy and security will become top of mind Globally, the Sony Pictures hack in late 2014 sent shock-waves across the globe. Closer to home, Wapa has said that the Protection of Personal Information (Popi) Act will begin to affect South African businesses in 2015. Popi plans to bring SA up-to-date with global data protection laws

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Watch out for this WhatsApp ‘scam’

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Johannesburg – Responding to an SMS that advertises WhatsApp add-ons or updates could cost you hundreds of rands per month. This is according to IT consultant and prominent technology blogger Liron Segev who has highlighted what he calls just the latest WhatsApp ‘scam’ to hit South Africa. It starts with mobile phone users receiving an SMS

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Popi will impact real estate agencies

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Cape Town – The recent gazetting of the Protection of Personal Information Act (Popi) – which is still to be promulgated – has far reaching implications for the business sector in SA, according to Dr Andrew Golding, CEO of Pam Golding Properties (PGP). Passed on November 26 2013, the Act provides for the constitutional right

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The Act Regulates

Marketing of goods and services. Warranties and guarantees. Cooling off periods. Lay-by’s. Forfeiture of goods by suppliers. Record keeping. Delivery of goods and services. Discrimination against consumers. Consumer’s privacy. Language to be used in documentation. Franchise agreements. Dispute resolution and consumer commission powers. Fines and penalties to suppliers.

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Consumer Protection Act

The Consumer Protection Act , 2008, (No 68 of 2008) was signed into law on 24 April 2009. The Act sets out the minimum requirements to ensure adequate consumer protection in South Africa. This Act constitutes an overarching framework for consumer protection, and all other laws which provides for consumer protection (usually within a particular

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The Aim of This Bill

The Bill aims to protect our right to privacy by introducing measures to regulate the collection, storage and distribution of personal information. It aims to do so while achieving a balance between a person’s right to privacy and other important societal interests and rights such as the right of access to information and the importance

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Personal Information for an individual = POPI

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Examples of “personal information” for an individual could include: Identity and/or passport number Date of birth and age Phone number/s (including mobile phone number) Email address/es Online/Instant messaging identifiers Physical address Gender, Race and Ethnic origin Photos, voice recordings, video footage (also CCTV), biometric data Marital/Relationship status and Family relations Criminal record Private correspondence Religious

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Protection of Personal Information

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An Act to promote the protection of personal information processed by public and private bodies; to provide for the establishment of an Information Protection Commission; and to provide for matters incidental thereto. popi.biz/wp-content/uploads/2014/10/1-4-Supp-Protection-of-Personal-Information-Draft-Bill.pdf

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If your organisation processes (ie collects, receives, records, organises, collates, stores, updates, modifies, retrieves, alters, consults, uses, disseminates, distributes, merges, links, erases or destroys) personal information, it is important to consider the implications of new draft legislation in the form of the Protection of Personal Information Bill.