Under the Protection of Personal Information Act, no more data loss coverups for South African businesses

Jos Floor of Floor Swart writes:

South Africa has a historical culture of non-disclosure and cover-ups when it comes to data loss and data breaches – but, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act will force much greater transparency.

The Act establishes eight data protection principles or conditions, one of which is that responsible parties must take appropriate measures to prevent loss of data, or unauthorised access to data. Then if there are reasonable grounds to believe that someone who is not authorised has accessed or acquired your data, you must notify both the regulator and the data subject.

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