You may have heard of the POPI Act, but don’t really know what it stands for or entails. Well the POPI Act is more than just a catchy name – it is a super important thing for all companies to comply to – let’s find out why.
The Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act was set in place for the purpose of protecting an individual’s personal details, in order to prevent people from just sharing their information all over the place without their consent.
An individual’s personal details are seen as ‘precious goods’ that they have every right to protect – nobody wants their cellphone number or address thrown around all willy nilly right?
The act was signed into law in November of 2013 according to the South African constitutional right to privacy as seen in section 14 of our Constitution. The POPI Act will be implemented on a more serious note from 2018, but for now, we would like to stipulate the importance of becoming POPI compliant in the future.
There are a few steps that a company needs to take in order to effectively and securely store an individual’s information. We list these below:
Have we mentioned before how cool OnRamp is? We’re so cool, we even offer help with POPI training. It’s as easy as boiling an egg. You can simply create a training PlayBook around POPI best practices, upload it to your OnRamp portal and send it on to all your staff for them to learn and complete a test. You can view our PlayBook on more POPI information on your portal once you are logged in. If you want to create a series of PlayBooks on how to look after customer information, you can do this too. Some PlayBook subjects could be:
And in case you were wondering, OnRamp is POPI compliant, with each of our customers information securely stored and free from those sneaky little hackers. We take the utmost care in safely storing any private information that you give us and we promise not to sell it on the call-centre market 🙂
If you are still stuck with how to go about being more POPI compliant, drop us a line on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also read more the POPI Act over here: https://www.workpool.co/featured/popi/