The Regulator held a press conference where she confirmed that they had already started meeting with the Minister and Deputy Minister of Justice, and that the first draft of the Regulations are already done! She and her team are working with both the POPI and PAIA acts, and have changed the name to POPIA. They are dedicated to ensure they can have the regulations tabled with the President as soon as possible, and have POPI effective by the end of 2017, organisations will then have 1 year to be compliant.
What must we do?
There are so many confusing rumors about POPI, and POPI compliance, an you may be unsure where to start. Some of our clients have been trying to become compliant through their business as usual activities, with various success rates. I strongly suggest that you look at your business case options. There are times that it is more effective to attack something like this in-house, whereas other times, you may want to focus on your core business, and have experts guide you through the process.
As a starting point, you may want to start by checking the following in your organisation: