POPI (the Protection of Personal Information Bill) has been a difficult subject for most corporates living in the age of cloud computing. Corporates using offshore data centres to store customer or employee-related personal information need not fear that this will be totally prohibited once the POPI becomes law. Although POPI prohibits the offshore transfer of personal data, POPI will provide for a number of exemptions to this prohibition.
“POPI has been in the making for eight years and will hopefully be passed into law this year. Companies will then have a one-year transition period to get their houses in order to ensure they comply with POPI” says Tammy Bortz, director and IT law specialist at Werksmans Attorneys. “One of the benefits of POPI is that it sets out the requirements to enable the transfer of personal data offshore which will in turn enable South African companies to do business internationally,” says Bortz. (more…)