Introduction of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act.

The importance of data management has increased considerably in recent years due to the advances in Big Data mining and the benefits it offers businesses. The nature of data management is again undergoing substantial changes, due to the introduction of the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act.

Although the aspects of the Act that apply to companies are not yet in effect, the envisaged 12-month period between enactment and compliance is relatively short, and companies are advised to start their journeys towards compliance as early as possible. While the Act will provide consumers with peace of mind, the obligations placed on business are quite weighty.

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