Insightful BlogsMay 14, 2021POPIA compliance looms, ready or not

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If you’re ready or not – POPIA compliance looms

With everything that businesses are faced with today, the last thing managers need is to overlook a critical issue, especially one that can make or break operations… so, we are taking this opportunity to remind the market that the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) comes into effect on 1 July 2021.

This means that companies have until this date to ensure they comply.

Along with many industry experts, we know that while there has been so much awareness, many businesses are simply not ready.

But time is ticking by and the window for ensuring compliance is closing quickly.

And, it would be remiss of us if we failed to warn of the repercussions of non-compliance.

We underline that penalties can range from fines of millions of Rands for serious offences to incarceration.

That is why a service provider like CRS Technologies offers a valuable service. We believe that to be informed is to be empowered, and our mandate is to release as much information as possible, as regularly as possible.

In terms of POPIA, there is increasing talk of the role of information officers and the opportunity for businesses to look into appointing executives to this role.

Everything must be POPIA compliant

The reason for this is because of the meticulous approach required to tick all the compliance boxes. It can be a difficult and complicated process, which means that having an outsourced expert in your corner will certainly remove many of the obstacles.

Businesses need to consider the security aspect covered by this Act, designed to force companies to better protect their data. At the core of this legislation is the implementation of regulation that enhances the way information is gathered, stored, manipulated and shared.

A quote from businesstech.co.za explains the situation very clearly: “From recruiting candidates to the way information is handled, including employee, supplier and third-party data, and the IT systems that process it, everything must be POPIA compliant.”

This is exactly why engaging with CRS Technologies can help. We have the expertise, experience and resources to help businesses ensure compliance and that they stay on the right side of the labour law.

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