What is the POPI Act and how would it protect us from cyber attacks?

What is the importance of protecting your online activity and how does the Protection of Personal Information Act (POPI Act), 2013 seek to protect you?

Amongst prominent corporates, JP Morgan Chase, FNB, the Gautrain and MyBroadband have all been victims of cyber attacks in recent months. With JP Morgan's breach, the personal information of 76 million households and 7 million small businesses were compromised - a case that's considered one of the largest intrusions ever.

‎Director of IT Advisory at Grant Thornton South Africa, Michiel Jonker says that this protective law is perhaps inappropriate for the South African context:

Overall, it is a good thing that companies and government in South Africa do treat personal data in a more secure way. Do keep in mind that Section 14 of the Constitution does give us the right to privacy. Data privacy does make business sense. We (however) believe that Africa and South Africa aren't ready for data privacy. This is an act that's been in place in the EU for many years already, which is far more first-world and sophisticated. The one thing that concerns me is that there's no growth in South African companies right now and the government is actually struggling to provide services to citizens. The last thing on their minds is a sophisticated act like POPI to protect peoples' information. Another thing is there isn't a privacy quota to protect data in South Africa. Data is seen purely as a way to collect and to make profit from it and not to look at the other side of the coin and protect peoples' data from it.

Listen to the conversation below:


This article first appeared on 702 : What is the POPI Act and how would it protect us from cyber attacks?


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI

CapeTalk welcomes all comments that are constructive, contribute to discussions in a meaningful manner and take stories forward.

However, we will NOT condone the following:

  • Racism (including offensive comments based on ethnicity and nationality)
  • Sexism
  • Homophobia
  • Religious intolerance
  • Cyber bullying
  • Hate speech
  • Derogatory language
  • Comments inciting violence.

We ask that your comments remain relevant to the articles they appear on and do not include general banter or conversation as this dilutes the effectiveness of the comments section.

We strive to make the CapeTalk community a safe and welcoming space for all.

CapeTalk reserves the right to: 1) remove any comments that do not follow the above guidelines; and, 2) ban users who repeatedly infringe the rules.

Should you find any comments upsetting or offensive you can also flag them and we will assess it against our guidelines.

CapeTalk is constantly reviewing its comments policy in order to create an environment conducive to constructive conversations.

Read More
Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

Major medical breakthrough: New gene pegged as cause of heart attacks in youth

This is being called the biggest medical advancement in South African cardiology since Dr Chris Barnard's first heart transplant.

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

Parents urged to check tertiary institutions are legit before registering kids

The Council on Higher Education says parents need to be wary of the increasing number of fly-by-night tertiary institutions.

New app to detect hearing loss

New app to detect hearing loss

University of Pretoria has developed a new app which uses a smartphone to detect hearing loss.

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

What we can expect from SABC after inquiry consolidates

SABC's leadership and parliament has come under fire since the inquiry into the board's fitness to hold office.

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

LISTEN: Radio veterans, Gordhan, sports stars, celebs say bye to John Robbie

John Robbie's 30-year run in radio has come to an end with friends, callers and colleagues wishing him a heartfelt goodbye.

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

2016 news wrap: A look back at the stories that grabbed SA's attention

Barry Bateman spoke to Stephen Grootes to unpack the meaning behind the stories that dominated the headlines in 2016.

Popular articles
Questions raised over qualifications of Tshwane EMS Head

Questions raised over qualifications of Tshwane EMS Head

SAMWU members allege that EMS head Previn Govender misrepresented his credentials.

Each year rich countries waste as much food as sub-Saharan Africa produces

Each year rich countries waste as much food as sub-Saharan Africa produces

We waste a third of all food produced. If we avoid 25% of that wastage, it could feed 870 million hungry mouths.

As a matter of fact: Has the murder rate for women in SA spiked by 117%?

As a matter of fact: Has the murder rate for women in SA spiked by 117%?

The claim of a 117% rise in the killing of women in South Africa since 2015 was revealed during an Al Jazeera news programme.

Man who admitted to killing 13-year-old CPT schoolgirl handed life sentence

Man who admitted to killing 13-year-old CPT schoolgirl handed life sentence

Andrew Plaatjies was handed two concurrent life sentences after admitting to the murder and attempted rape of the teenage girl.

[LISTEN] 'State institutions were sacrificed to protect individuals within ANC'

[LISTEN] 'State institutions were sacrificed to protect individuals within ANC'

The amaBhungane Centre for Investigative Journalism's Sam Sole explains how we got where we are with State Capture.

[LISTEN] Family of four to pay almost R3 000 for food 'staples' in 2019

[LISTEN] Family of four to pay almost R3 000 for food 'staples' in 2019

BFAP food price specialist Marlene Louw explains the 2018-2027 baseline data on food prices.

Technobyte: Would you go under the knife in order to take the perfect selfie?

Technobyte: Would you go under the knife in order to take the perfect selfie?

Aki Anastasiou reviews the new Samsung Galaxy Note 9, and talks about the latest craze of cosmetic surgery for good selfies.

Ipsos poll show uncertainty for ANC, but Ramaphosa still ranks highest

Ipsos poll show uncertainty for ANC, but Ramaphosa still ranks highest

The latest Ipsos report shows that even though there is uncertainty for the ANC, Ramaphosa is rated higher than other leaders.

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

'Almost alcoholics' - the blurred lines between social drinking and alcoholism

Sobriety advocate Janet Gourand explains the differences between the social drinker and an almost alcoholic.

Stats SA Capex Report shows decline in government spend

Stats SA Capex Report shows decline in government spend

EWN reporter Barry Batemen says the report shows a decline in state capital expenditure between the year 2016 and 2017.