Protection of Personal Information Act

What you need to know

  • POPIA is a data protection law that was enacted in South Africa to regulate the collection, use, and processing of personal information by organizations.

  • POPIA also grants certain rights to individuals, including the right to be informed, the right of access, the right to rectification, the right to object, the right to erasure or destruction, and the right to complain to the Information Regulator.

  • POPIA imposes organizations to obtain consent for processing personal information, implement appropriate security measures, notify individuals in the event of data breaches, and ensure that personal information is processed in accordance with the law.

  • POPIA applies not only to organizations based in South Africa, but also to organizations that process personal information of individuals located there?

  • POPIA protects children's personal information too and requires organizations to obtain parental consent?

  • POPIA empowers individuals with data subject rights? POPIA grants individuals greater control over their personal information, including the right to be informed, the right to access their personal information, the right to object to processing, among others.

  • POPIA imposes significant fines for non-compliance? Organizations that fail to comply can face fines of up to ZAR $10 million (USD $700,000) or 10% of their annual turnover.

  • POPIA promotes the appointment of data protection officers? POPIA requires organizations to appoint a dedicated data protection officer (DPO) responsible for ensuring compliance with the law and promoting accountability in the handling of personal information.

Key Benefits of comforte’s POPIA Compliance services

The comforte Data Security Platform provides data discovery, classification and protection capabilities to help you:


POPIA compliance to avoid costly penalties


what data your organization collects, processes, stores, and shares


a variety of protection methods to pseudonymize or encrypt personal data


consistent, granular access controls to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to personal data


data securely between different systems and organizations


Data Subject Access Request (DSAR) management, by auto-detecting and tracking data subjects' Personal Identifiable Information (PII)


and classify personal information across your IT systems, databases, and applications, making it easier to identify and protect sensitive data


granular access controls to ensure that only authorized personnel have access to personal data

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Next steps


POPIA compliance is essential for any business. If you would like to learn more about our POPIA compliance services, please feel free to get in touch with our experts who would be happy to discuss solutions.


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