Processing child information: it doesn’t get more personal than that…

Before we talk about the challenges of processing the personal information of minors, let’s take a step back.

It feels like popi has been in this kind of legislative limbo for years. Oh wait, it has been years. There seems to be some movement lately. Since adv pansy tlakula and the other members of the regulator was appointed last year, they have had their inaugural meeting. Despite a lot of speculation, there has been no indication of when the act will become effective. But we will be watching…

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You have a data breach…now what?

Data breaches are almost inevitable. So, in addition to working towards preventing data breaches, you should be asking yourself whether your business is ready to respond quickly and effectively when the pawpaw (or POPIA) strikes the fan.

When you look at data breaches around the world, businesses often get into hot water for not being prepared to deal with data breaches. Your response must be swift, it must give the affected people the tools to protect themselves, must not open you up to liability (the legal stuff like fines and civil actions) and you must manage the PR fallout. The harm to your reputation is the biggest risk when a breach happens.

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Policies and Procedures: what is the difference?

Well-defined Policies and Procedures can help your business to grow because they enhance your employees’ ability to deliver consistent, high caliber service without dramatically increasing the burden of employee management responsibilities on you.

Despite this generally accepted truth, it is surprising how many companies do not have Policies and Procedures in place that are easy to read and allow employees to clearly understand their roles and responsibilities.  Compliance policy documents in particular are usually full of legal jargon that makes it difficult to read – or just plain boring. They are there to “tick the box”.  Hardly anyone reads them.

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