All about the new Protection of Personal Information Act and how it affects you

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Be aware of the purpose for which your personal information is being collected before you fill in any forms. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES)
Be aware of the purpose for which your personal information is being collected before you fill in any forms. (PHOTO: GALLO IMAGES / GETTY IMAGES)

Like most South Africans with any access to technology you’ll have been bombarded with emails and text messages lately from businesses all basically saying the same thing: your personal information is safe with us.

We take the new legislation seriously. We’re committed to your safety. There’s a reason for this sudden influx of emails. It’s all because of the new Protection of Personal Information (Popi) Act, which came into effect on 1 July and is designed to protect consumers in an era where sharing your personal information can make you extremely vulnerable. 

Still a little in the dark? Keen to know what exactly this means to you and how it can affect your everyday life? 

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