Why Africa Needs to Dance to the GDPR Tune



The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is designed to give individuals more control of their personal data and ensure companies that have it do all they can to prevent its mismanagement or loss.

It also sets out a path and timeline for companies to respond promptly and effectively in the event of a hack or data breach, and falling foul of these requirements could be extremely costly, both financially and reputation-wise. So, how does the GDPR stack up against our own Protection of Personal Information Act 4 of 2013 (POPIA/PoPI)? Quite simply, it enhances PoPI and raises the bar – and the consequences of non-compliance dramatically.

Just as PoPI is not limited to organisations based in South Africa – meaning that if you have information on anyone who’s a South African citizen in any of your databases, PoPI applies to you – the GDPR does the same with data from EU companies and citizens.

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