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The rise of POPIA as a value driver

The Protection of Personal Information Act

As the COVID-19 pandemic has taken grip of the world, causing economic downturns, it has arguably become the single most defined driver for digital transformation.

South African organisations are on the road to compliance, but have a significant journey ahead of them. This is due in part to the fact that the area of data privacy has been largely unregulated, save for disparate pieces of legislation that are industry specific, as well as certain voluntary obligations that were not adopted on a substantial scale.

In order to ensure that an organisation is sufficiently enabled to comply with the provisions of POPIA and derive value, a cross-functional, multidisciplinary, fully integrated privacy team is required. The team should have regulatory, cyber security, data management and analytics, representation to ensure alignment with the key aspects of POPIA.

POPIA creates an opportunity to revolutionise the way in which business is conducted in South Africa, and truly usher in the Fourth Industrial Revolution. 

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