THE PROTECTION OF PERSONAL INFORMATION ACT (POPIA)
The Protection of Personal Information Act (POPIA) has come into effect with a compliance due date of 1 July 2021. POPIA is the comprehensive data protection legislation that obliges organisations to apply specific data protection principles and conditions when processing, storing and disposing of personal information. We have been continuously and actively working to address this and update systems, policies and processes where required.
WHAT IS PERSONAL INFORMATION?
- Personal information is key information that can identify an individual when used alone or with other relevant data. POPIA describes personal information as information relating to an identifiable, living, natural person, and where it is applicable, an identifiable, existing juristic person, including, but not limited to:
- information relating to the race, gender, sex, pregnancy, marital status, national, ethnic or social origin, colour, sexual orientation, age, physical or mental health, well-being, disability, religion, conscience, belief, culture, language and birth of the person.
- information relating to the education or the medical, financial, criminal or employment history of the person.
- any identifying number, symbol, e-mail or physical addresses, telephone number, location information, online identifier or other particular assignment to the person; and the biometric information, personal opinions, views or preferences of the person
WHAT DOES POPIA MEAN TO YOU?
- POPIA places a legal obligation on all organisations to deal with customer information with far more diligence than ever before. Business systems and processes have become increasingly complex and the volumes of personal information increase daily. This intensified the need to reduce the risk of personal information being compromised, misused and stolen. This includes how and why information is collected, how it is processed, shared, stored, retained and disposed of, as well as access to this information. POPIA provides the legal framework and requirements for treating personal information and also deals with your constitutional right to privacy and the right to access information.
Capital Hospital undertakes to abide by the Compliance Regulator at all times as per the Protection of Personal Information Act, No. 4 of 2013. Should you require any further clarification please contact the Information Officer of Capital Hospital on (031)8329700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org