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Privacy-Online • About Privacy Online

About Privacy Online

Privacy Online has been founded by Mark Heyink and Stephan Potgieter with the aim of providing a multi-disciplinary approach to addressing the protection of personal information in South Africa.

Mark is an attorney who has been at the forefront of the development of the Protection of Personal Information Act as well other electronic information related legislation and is also qualified and has extensive experience in the discipline of Information Security.

Stephan is a technologist who has qualified as a Certified Information Privacy Professional and holds a CIPP (US) and a CIPP (IT).

While well qualified to deal with most of the issues that will confront South African entities and individuals in addressing compliance with the Protection of Personal Information Act, other related legislation and good practices, Privacy Online will seek associations with trusted third parties who are able to provide expertise in disciplines and approaches that may be required to comply with relevant legislation. We will seek to provide clients with a choice of subject experts who may be engaged to address their requirements.

Resumés detailing the skills of Privacy Online professionals and trusted associates may be found at People and Associates

  • 09 October 2018 - 12:11:00
    The 28th September 2018 saw the world celebrate “Right2Know” day. The Information Regulator (Regulator) is to be congratulated on organising a conference to mark the celebration. Several speakers eloquently emphasised the importance of access to information in an open democracy as well as the enforcement of sanctions against those who do not comply with their obligations. The importance of the handing over of the Regulation of the Promotion of Access to Information Act to the Information Regulator was also addressed as the South Human Rights Commission has never enjoyed the enforcement powers granted to the Regulator.

  • 08 August 2018 - 13:41:00
    On the 25th July 2018 as a result of announcements that were made by Facebook relating to its future revenues the market value of Facebook dropped by US$ 148 billion (or R1,95 trillion). This is almost half of South Africa’s total GDP in 2016.

    While there may be several reasons for the decline in Facebook’s revenue which led to the sell-off of shares, one of the three primary factors for the decrease in projected profitability of Facebook is the focus on privacy and security