Understanding POPIA: Protection of Personal Information Act


The POPIA refers to the Protection of Personal Information Act. It aims to ensure that all South African Institutions adhere to responsible conduct when collecting, processing, storing, and sharing other Personal Information (PI).

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The purpose of POPIA is the following:

  • To give effect to the constitutional right to privacy by safeguarding personal information when processed by a responsible party.
  • To regulate the manner in which personal information may be processed, by establishing conditions, in harmony with international standards that prescribe the minimum threshold requirements for the lawful processing of personal information.
  • To provide persons with rights and remedies to protect their personal information from processing that is not in accordance with the Act; and
  • To establish voluntary and compulsory measures, including the establishment of an Information Regulator, to ensure respect for and to promote, enforce and fulfil the rights protected by the Act.


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