The Protection Of Personal Information Act No. 4 of 2013 (POPI Act) was signed into law in 2013 and it…
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While it is important for any employees who process personal information to understand the POPI Act, it is particularly important that all managers and superivisory employees should be trained to understand the act, and also maintain and then assess awareness on an ongoing basis. By completing ongoing annual assessments, both staff and employer are fulfilling their obligations. Even with this law in place, at the end of the day it is your responsibility to take care when giving out your information. If you freely share this information on other websites, you cannot just simply assume your information got out from some institution rather than from your own social media accounts. The law can only do so much if you are not careful to protect yourself. You should inform yourself of the law in order to keep yourself protected and help you completely understand your rights. If you are an institution that handles this information, you should also read the law to ensure that you understand it and how to stay on the right side of it. Ignorance of the law will not excuse you of guilt.
All of us have new rights under the POPI Act - the right of a "Data Subject", the individual about whom personal information is being processed. It answers the questions "What are my rights when it comes to my personal information?" and "What can I do if I think I have been treated unfairly in terms of the POPI Act"? Media Works in partnership with IACT-Africa have created a short video, which explains these rights as a free community service.
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