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August 14 2017

Beware of non-compliance with South Africa's protection of personal information act

The President of South Africa is expected to soon sign a proclamation declaring the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act) be in full effect in South Africa.
Under the Act, the data subject must know and understand the precise purpose for the collection of any information, how it will be utilized, how the information is to be protected against distribution or theft by unauthorized parties, how long it will be retained, and how it will be destroyed when it's no longer required.
Unlawful retention, distribution, sharing or unauthorized use of personal information may result in non-compliance with the Act, which will carry penalties of penalties and possible jail time.