The purpose of the Protection of Personal Information Act, or POPI, is to protect information processed by public and private bodies. POPI establishes minimum requirements for the processing of personal information of individuals as well as legal entities.
The legislation enforces strict guidelines on the collection and retention of personal data by companies. When companies need to collect personal information, it needs to be for specific purposes, they need to manage this information, take measures to keep it secure and dispose of it when it is no longer needed.
There are dire consequences for a POPI offence: a maximum period of imprisonment of 10 years, or an undisclosed maximum fine, determined by the relevant court on a case-by-case basis. Furthermore, the Regulator may institute administrative fines up to an amount of R10 million.
In short, the POPI Act states that you should only hold someone’s personal information, whether digitally or physically, for the period of time for which you need it. Thereafter, it must be securely and safely disposed of. That’s where we come in. Simply drop sensitive documents along with general paperwaste into the on-site Erase Data Secure Console, and we’ll take care of the rest.
GO SAFE. GO SECURE. GO GREEN.
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