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Can a body corporate reveal the criminal record of an employee to owners?

27 June 2023,  Corlia van Zyl

Can the body corporate of a section title reveal to owners that an employee has a criminal record for a... serious crime? This is a question we receive more often than would be expected from body corporates. So, what is the answer, can they, or can’t they reveal this information?

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Government and POPIA - applicable or not?

14 June 2021

With all the talk of POPIA coming into effect and businesses having to get ready to comply, I was wondering... whether government and municipalities also need to comply with POPIA. Surely, government entities have a lot of personal information in their possession that they must protect.

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Data breaches in terms of POPIA: what you need to know

16 April 2021,  André van Niekerk

Our consultancy business has quite a diverse client base. Over the weekend, the laptop of one of our employees was... stolen. The laptop contains personal information of our clients and it appears that it was not password protected making the data accessible. Will this be a data breach in terms of POPIA, and if so, what are we required to do?

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POPIA deadline looming and regulations about to take effect

16 April 2021,  Dr Damian Viviers

I own a local store making custom items for our clients. Because of the nature of some of the client... requests I have to use other suppliers and have to share basic information about my clients with them. I am aware of POPIA and I understand that we need to comply including to new regulations that I understand have been issued. My question is to what extent and by when will I need to meet all these requirements?

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5 reasons why POPIA is not a curse word

03 February 2021,  Dr Damian Viviers

POPIA has for years, and especially since coming into effect on 01 July 2020, attracted significant attention. While this legislation... does of course place new compliance obligations on businesses during a time of economic difficulty and uncertainty left in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, it is certainly not bad news, whether seen from a business or personal perspective. Here are five reasons why the coming into effect of POPIA is actually a really good thing:1. The flow of personal information is now better regulated – POPIA imposes new rules and accountability for how personal information may be used and shared.2. Data Security – POPIA requires that any entity in the possession of your personal information must take active measures to ensure that they keep your information safe and secure.3. Access to information – Any entity that is in possession of your personal information must at your request, provide confirmation that they do have such information and provide you with access to that information.4. Notification -  POPIA requires that if a business has experienced a data breach during which your personal information has been compromised or leaked they must inform you of any such breach and any measures they have taken in order to remedy the breach.5. Quality marketing – POPIA has changed the rules regarding electronic direct marketing and essentially requires businesses, of which you are not an existing client or customer, to obtain your consent before they can market their goods and services to you.Hence, five solid reasons not to view POPIA as a curse word - but rather as legislation that does in fact, make our world a better place. 

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Juanita van Zyl on MedFM: understanding the POPI Act

23 May 2019

Your personal POPIA advisor, Juanita van Zyl, recently explained the POPI Act on MedFM 104.1.

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New regulations provide more clarity on POPIA

11 March 2019,  Nanette Janse van Rensburg

I’m the compliance officer for our business and have been tasked with responsibility for POPIA. I saw a media report... on regulations being promulgated and was wondering if there is anything of importance that I need to take note of in them for our business?

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Data security under POPIA is important even for small businesses

12 February 2019

I’m the owner of a small advisory firm. A few days ago, one of my employees left his laptop in... the car during the weekend and it was stolen out of his car. I now hear that the IT guys forgot to have encryption activated on his laptop. With client information on the laptop I’m worried about whether I could be in breach of POPIA. Am I?

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POPI allows you access to your personal information

04 October 2018,  Dr Damian Viviers

I run a small franchise electronics store. I collect basic personal information from our customers that we keep on file... and use for marketing notifications to our customers. The other day an upset customer demanded to know what personal information we have of her and said that the POPI Act gave her the right to request a complete copy of her personal information we have. We gave it to her, but I was just wondering whether she really has the right to ask for this?

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The importance of a privacy policy for your business

15 May 2018,  Dr Damian Viviers

I’ve been working with developers to take my business online. They have advised me to make sure I have a... proper privacy policy drawn up for my website. Is this really necessary or can I just use a standard one from the internet?

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POPI and your data security

15 May 2018,  Dr Damian Viviers

I have an advisory business serving private and corporate clients. Our client information is stored on a central server in... our offices. I have been advised to review our data security due to the growing risk of being hacked and the requirements of POPI to protect the personal information of my clients. What does POPI require of me in this regard?

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The impact of the delayed implementation of POPI on consumers

06 April 2018

I’ve read in the media that the Information Regulator has again delayed the coming into operation of POPI Act. As... a consumer, I’ve been waiting for this to happen to help stop the abuse one has to suffer from marketing emails, phone calls and the blatant and unauthorised sharing of my personal information. How long will this delay be and when can I expect my rights to start being protected?

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