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Privacy-Online • Protection of personal information reviews

Protection of personal information reviews

With the imminent commencement of the Protection of Personal Information Act all companies will need to review the manner in which they process information, and in particular personal information, in order to comply with the provisions of the Act and other related legislation. In many entities the processing of information is unstructured, with little or any governance and management of the processing. For many entities the necessity of complying with the Protection of Personal Information Act will require a review of their current status, a vision of the status that they need to achieve to ensure compliance, and careful planning to make the changes necessary and implement appropriate technologies (or configurations of existing technology), the documentation of policy, procedures and standards and the development of training materials necessary to achieve the desired status.

To address these requirements and achieve the objectives necessary a multidisciplinary approach, with expertise in information governance, management and security as well as relevant legislation and protection of personal information know-how are minimum requirements.

Protection of personal information reviews may also be supplemented by Privacy Impact Assessments. These are intended to focus on specific information lifecycles, mapped against the Lawful Conditions of processing of personal information required in Chapter 3 of the Protection of Personal Information Act and other legislation or regulation which applies to the information being processed, assessing areas of non-compliance, determining the changes and control measures necessary to achieve compliance and the impact at technology, business and compliance levels that the necessary changes will have to the business conducted by the organisation.

Privacy Online consultants possesses the skills required to review the technology and process within an entity, recommend remedial and development interventions necessary to achieve the desired changes, and the education ability to transfer skills to identified people within the entity.

  • 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