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POPI offers SA business the chance to clean house

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The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI) is an opportunity for South African corporates to enforce sound business practices across the board and effectively 'clean house'. South African companies are on the low end of the spectrum when it comes to information security spending but POPI encourages employers to update the aspects of business where personal information is affected, especially where many large companies have been guilty of taking a reactive approach to POPI – which could have severe consequences.

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POPI compliance: Checks and employment references

The introduction of the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2013 (POPI) (not yet in force) will affect you, the employer, when you want to verify candidates' credentials. Employment references would include those from past employers and, where appropriate, a background investigation into the applicant's criminal and credit history. It's imperative that when you ask for employment references and do background checks on comply with, among others, the following POPI provisions regulating personal information.

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How will POPI impact your social media channels?

The Protection of Personal Information Act – affectionately known as POPI – was signed into law in November 2013. If your organisation isn't compliant, don't start panicking because you have a year to dot your legal i's and cross your legal t's. Seeing that the POPI Act's primary purpose is to protect individuals' personal information, the question on everyone's lips is: "What impact will it have on my company's social media channels?"

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Compliance: 5 Things you urgently need to know about POPI

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President Jacob Zuma assented to the POPI Act, which protects individuals' personal information, in November. As an employer, you need to adhere strictly to this act because if you don't, you could be facing an administrative fine of up to R10 000. Recently, I spoke with Jacques van Wyk, of Werksmans Attorneys, who told me about five things you – as an employer – need to know about POPI so that you can be in compliance with this act.

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Getting up close and personal with POPI

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The president assented to the Protection of Personal Information Act, No 4 of 2013 (POPI) at the end of last year. However, as no date for commencement has been set, you don't have to worry about compliance issues just yet.

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