Mail & Guardian POPI masterclass

Tue Sep 3, 08:30 - Tue Sep 3, 15:30
The Glenhove Conference Centre

The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) is South Africa’s data protection law. The purpose of POPIA is to ensure that all South African private corporations, state institutions, government departments and other persons who access private personal information, conduct themselves in a responsible manner when collecting, processing, storing and sharing another person’s personal information by holding them liable should they misuse or compromise the personal information in any way. POPIA protects people from theft of money, identity and right to privacy.

The POPI Act has finally been passed as legislation. It is a reality that the Information Regulator, Adv Pansy Tlakula will come after you and your business for non-compliance. Failure to comply can result in a fine (up to R10M), prison time (up to 10 years), lawsuits, paying out money for damages, loss of business, negative effect on client relationship and reputational damage.  

Although upon commencement of POPIA, there is a grace period to allow all affected parties to align their internal processes accordingly, it is critical for businesses to act now and make the necessary preparations.

Attend masterclass to get answers and clarification. Contact [email protected] or call 11 250 7300 for queries and/or group discount.

  • Legislation update and minimum requirements for compliance
  • What is the practical impact of POPIA on business?
  • How can an organisation be compliant ready?
  • Who are the responsible parties in business?
  • What are the role and responsibilities of the information officer?
  • What are the effective strategies, systems right processes and best practices to comply with POPI?
  • What are the key risks and how to minimise them?
  • What are the security measures that need to be in placed to prevent data security breaches?
  • How to conduct impact assessments and build compliance programmes?
  • What are the internal procedures that adequately process requests for information?
  • What about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and how does it apply to business?
Practitioners and professionals from businesses from across industries responsible for data privacy, IT security, governance, risk, compliance, control, legal, human resources, finance, marketing, database, CRM or anyone tasked with complying with POPI.
Organisations that are high risk are those that process a lot of personal information i.e. Home Affairs department, banks, finance, insurance, medical aid schemes, schools, research, healthcare, direct marketing, retail, telcos and just any business that keep database of customers, clients, partners etc.
Corien Vermaak
Cybersecurity Specialist, Cisco

An IT law specialist by trade, Corien Vermaak has spent many years working in ICT and representing multinationals. Corien specialises in ICT technologies and network security. She is a certified digital forensic auditor. Corien has been instrumental in assisting the Law Society of South Africa with seminars for legal practitioners regarding technology law and cybercrime legislation. She currently holds the position of Cybersecurity Specialist at Cisco where she assists and advises clients on matters related to cybersecurity.

Glenhove Conference Centre
52 Glenhove Road
Melrose Estate
Tel: +27 11 442 3601
Mobile: +27 64 775 8685
Registration and arrival refreshments starts at 7.45 am

Masterclass starts from 8.30 am and ends at 3.30 pm, with breaks for refreshments and lunch


Mail & Guardian POPI masterclass
The Glenhove Conference Centre
52 Glenhove Rd, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa
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