Advice and Opinion

Protection of Personal Information Bill (POPI)

On the 27th November 2013 President Jacob Zuma signed the Protection of Personal Information Bill (“POPI”) into law. The commencement date of the Act must still be proclaimed and will be effected by a notice in the Government Gazette. From this date, organisations will have a one year grace period to comply with this legislation.

If you or your company handle any personal information of clients, you need to take note of some basic concepts contained in this legislation because if you do not comply your business could be fined up to R10 million or you could face 10 years imprisonment.

Although the Act is not yet in operation, businesses should obtain legal advice on the compliance and put measures in place to ensure observance.

Attend STBB’s 2014 Legal updates about this topic or arrange a consultation with them at to find out how to go about it.

This information is published for general information purposes and is not intended to constitute legal advice. Specialist legal advice should always be sought in relation to any particular situation. Property Wheel will accept no responsibility for any actions taken or not taken on the basis of this publication.

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