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POPI Act Part 5: – Exemptions, Prior Authorisation and Codes of Conduct

Estimated Reading Time: 8 minutes

Previous: POPI Act Part 4 – Supervision: – The Role of the Information Regulator & the Information Officer

In all instances, the Act refers to the POPI Act No. 4 of 2013.
You can download the Act here.

Wooden Gavel on Table
Wooden gavel on table

The last part in this series deals with another three functions of the Information Regulator. He determines when an exemption from the conditions of the processing of personal information applies and when pre-authorisation are required. He also provides guidelines and regulates the Codes of Conduct applicable to various industries and professions.

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POPI Act Part 4 – Supervision: – The Role of the Information Regulator & the Information Officer

Estimated Reading Time: 14 minutes

Previous: POPI Act Part 3: Direct Marketing & Trans-border flow of information

In all instances, the Act refers to the POPI Act No. 4 of 2013.
You can download the Act here.
Wooden gavel on table
Wooden gavel on table

The Act provides for the establishment of an Information Regulator, who is responsible to supervise the implementation of the Act. It is important to note that every public and private body must appoint an Information Officer within their organisation to work with the Information Regulator, regarding compliance with the Act. As well as to assist during investigations by the Information Regulator.

First, let’s have a look at the Information Regulator.

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POPI Act Part 3: Direct Marketing & Trans-border flow of information

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Previous: POPI Act Part 2 – Conditions for the lawful processing of personal information


In all instances, the Act refers to the POPI Act No. 4 of 2013.
You can download the Act here.

Wooden gavel on table

This is the last section dealing with the responsibilities of businesses as related to the lawful processing of personal information. The first one will have a massive effect on businesses as it restricts how marketing can be done via email, and then also regulator the trans-border flow of information. Let’s jump right in!

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POPI Act Part 2: Conditions for the lawful processing of personal information

Estimated Reading Time: 15 minutes

Previous: POPI Act Part 1: An Introduction

In all instances, the Act refers to the POPI Act No. 4 of 2013.
You can download the Act here.
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Chapters 3, 8 and 9 deals with the responsibilities of businesses in the processing of personal information. In this section we will look at the different conditions applicable for the lawful processing of personal information.

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POPI Act Part 1: An Introduction

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes
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In all instances the Act refers to the POPI Act No. 4 of 2013.
You can download the Act here.

The POPI Act was signed as law in 2013. A longer lead-in time was given to ensure bigger business have enough time to ensure compliance. The Act affects all business, including small business and start-ups. Even if you just run a little one-man business from home. If you – in any way – collect personal information for business purpose, you need to comply with the POPI Act.

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POPI Act Terminology

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutes

What is the POPI act all about?

The goal of the Act is the Protection of Personal Information, balanced against other acts like the right to information and the protection of important interests. Like the free flow of information within the Republic and across international borders.

In order to understand the POPI Act, you need to know and understand the terminology used throughout the Act.

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Review: Blogging Secrets Course

Estimated Reading Time: 6 minutes
Disclosure: Bear in mind that some of the links on this post are affiliate links and if you go through them to make a purchase I will earn a commission. Keep in mind that I link these companies and their products because of their quality and not because of the commission I receive from your purchases. The decision is yours, and whether or not you decide to buy something is completely up to you. 

The general consensus on the World Wide Web (or what we all know as the Internet!) is, that if you have a website you need a blog! Starting your own business, creating a website and all other task involved is daunting enough. But blogging! This means writing! And most of us will do anything avoid writing, as we see it as a skill that only a certain elite class (writers) have!

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Evernote: 6 handy features you should know about!

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

Personally, I love Evernote, and I have used it for many years in a personal capacity. Most important to me is that Evernote seamlessly sync to my PC, tablet or smartphone. It is possible to tag notes and organize them into different notebooks. Even the free version has an excellent search functionality!

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The Little Guide to Digital File Management

Estimated Reading Time: 5 minutes

If you are like most people I know, you hate filing, and so, for you it never becomes a priority. There is always a 1001 more important things to do. Until that one day, when your boss ask you for an important file or document, and you have no clue where to find it! And even though you ask yourself a million times “why didn’t I?”, it hardly solves your problem! This is were the little guide to digital file management will prevent this scenario from playing out again in the future!

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Twitter Bots: 3 Benefits to the new Twitter Rules

Estimated Reading Time: 3 minutesWhat is a Twitter bot and why did it cause Twitter to change their rules?

Twitter bot is a type of bot software that controls a Twitter account via the Twitter API.[1] The bot software may autonomously perform actions such as tweeting, re-tweeting, liking, following, unfollowing, or direct messaging other accounts. The automation of Twitter accounts is governed by a set of automation rules that outline proper and improper uses of automation.[2] Proper usage includes broadcasting helpful information, automatically generating interesting or creative content, and automatically replying to users via direct message.[3][4][5] Improper usage includes circumventing API rate limits, violating user privacy, or spamming.[6]

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