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Protection of Personal Information Act, Act No 4 Of 2013

AThe Protection of Personal Information Act, Act No. 4 of 2013 is South Africa’s data protection law and came into effect on 1 July 2020. It is also known as POPI or POPIA.

Essentially, the purpose of the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) is to protect clients from harm by protecting their personal information. To stop their money being stolen, to stop their identity being stolen, and generally to protect their privacy, which is a fundamental human right.

To achieve this, POPIA sets conditions for when it is lawful for someone to process someone else’s personal information.http://biglinksa.com/fin-matrix/wp-admin/post.php?post=578&action=edit#

Who are the Role Players?

POPIA involves three parties (who can be natural or juristic persons):

– The data subject: the person to whom the information relates.
– The responsible party: the person who determines why and how to process. For example, profit companies, non-profit companies, governments, state agencies and people.
– The operator: a person who processes personal information on behalf of the responsible party. For example, an IT vendor.

The Protection of Personal Information Act places various obligations on the responsible party, which is the body ultimately responsible for the lawful processing of personal information. Responsible parties should only use operators that can meet the requirements of lawful personal information processing prescribed by the Protection of Personal Information Act.

Fin-Matrix Solutions (Pty) Ltd has implemented processes and policies to ensure that our client’s personal information is always protected and secure in line with the Protection of Personal Information Act, Act No. 4 of 2013.