What is POPI: The Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act 2013 explained
In simple terms, the purpose of the POPI Act is to ensure that all South African institutions conduct themselves in a responsible manner when collecting, processing, storing and disposing another entity’s personal information by holding them accountable should they abuse or compromise your personal information in any way. The POPI legislation demands that your personal information be treated as “precious goods”.
Examples of “personal information” for an individual could include:
Identity and/or passport number
Date of birth and age
Phone number/s (including mobile phone number)
Online/Instant messaging identifiers
Gender, Race and Ethnic origin