Social media and the Protection of Personal Information Act
Keywords:social media, Protection of Personal Information Act, POPI Act
Although formulated in November 2013, the Protection of Personal Information (POPI) Act (No. 4 of 2013) came into effect in South Africa from 1 July 2021.1 However, from as early as 2016–2017, the POPI Act was already active, mainly dealing with the appointment of the Information Regulator.1 Following the proclamation of enactment of the POPI Act by President Cyril Ramaphosa from 1 July 2021, individuals and organisations have a year grace period within which to implement the necessary safeguarding measures before the enforcement of fines and prosecutions.1,2
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