By DesignBoys on Wednesday, 26 January 2022
Category: Latest News

POPIA – South Africa’s new data protection law, in brief

The EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is no longer only just a European data privacy law, it has also become a global data privacy standard – and the speed with which this standard is spreading around the world is increasing, ensuring a higher level of protection of end-user privacy on the Internet.

South Africa's POPIA is the latest major data privacy law in the world to be modelled closely after the EU's GDPR (and the ePrivacy Directive) – empowering its citizens with enforceable rights over their personal information, establishing eight minimum requirements for data processing (e.g. introducing consent as a required legal basis), creating a broad definition of personal information for comprehensive end-user protection, as well as forming the Information Regulator (SAIR) as lead enforcer and supervisor of the law. 

POPIA quick breakdown 

POPIA vs GDPR 

There are key differences between POPIA and GDPR, in particular –

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