As a business owner, your operational concerns include security and the protection of personal information. The Protection of Personal Information Act or POPIA, came into effect 1 July 2021 and a grace period of 12 months has been given to businesses to comply. Therefore, as of 1 July 2021, all businesses will have to be POPIA compliant. An onus is also placed onto your business’ financial auditing function as non-compliance with any legislation is a reportable matter.
The POPI Act protects data subjects from theft and discrimination and when breached will impact the responsible parties with heavy fines, imprisonment or both. The unlawful and unauthorised use of personal information of individuals is reported to be rising at an alarming rate within the country. Cybercrime and identity theft are serious crimes that pose massive threats to individuals who part with their personal information when dealing with various institutions.
Here’s what you need to know
If you work in the health, insurance or financial services industry, most of your business practices and processes will be impacted by the POPI Act. Speak to us about our financial auditing and assurance services by calling 011 672 0020 or 021 410 8709 today.
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