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POPIA Checklist is a free assessment tool we run on your website to gauge the website readiness for compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) – South Africa’s data protection law.
All this jargon can leave a person confused and feeling lost. Below we have taken the most frequently asked question about POPIA and simplified it. We make the POPI Act & POPIA Compliancy easy.
What is POPIA?
POPIA – South Africa’s new data protection law, in brief.
The EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is no longer only just a European data privacy law, it has also become a global data privacy standard – and the speed with which this standard is spreading around the world is increasing, ensuring a higher level of protection of end-user privacy on the Internet.
In short the POPI Act is data law protecting personal information.
What is a Cookie?
Also known as browser or tracking cookies, cookies are small, often encrypted text files, located in web browsers .
They are used by web developers to help users navigate their websites efficiently and perform certain functions.
Due to their core role of enhancing/enabling usability or site processes, disabling cookies may prevent users from using certain websites.
What happens if you are not Popi compliant?
If you fail to comply with the POPI Act, whether intentional or accidental, you can be liable for an administrative fine of up to R10 million or 10 years in jail.
If your clients are impacted by a data breach, POPIA even empowers them to take civil action for damages and your reputation may be harmed.
Who & What does the POPI Act Apply to?
The POPIA Act Applies to Everyone!
The Act applies to any person or organisation who keeps any type of records relating to the personal information of anyone. It therefore sets the minimum standards for the protection of personal information.
In other words your business itself, its processes, systems and website needs to comply. Even at the basic level, your website is gathering information via web cookies.
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Eish man, I did not think the POPIA Compliancy was needed for my small business website. Most of the times we think these rules are only for large companies or orginisations. Thank you to the POPIA Checklist Team for helping me get my website compliant and affoiding me some serious legal issues going forward.
When I heard we need to get our website POPI Act Compliant as well and not only our business itself, I though how much will this now cost again. In times like these who has extra money lying around? But my website was made compliant for only R1280 and it was quick and easy process. Yay! POPIA Checklist staff was very friendly and helpful.
My boss told me about this website and said I must arrange compliancy as soon as possible. It was very easy, just filled in the Online Assesment Tool, received the quote & assessment summery and we got going. No paper work to fill in, everything was done still the same day. Now our website is POPIA Compliant and my boss is happy.