POPIA Section 57 Extension and what does it mean for your business?

The POPIA deadline has not been extended. Please note that the extension is only applicable to the implementation of section 57, which talks to prior authorization from the Information Regulator for the processing of certain information. What does this mean?

1. Any responsible party needs to obtain prior consent when processing any unique identifiers for a purpose other than which it was collected and with the aim of linking the information together with other information that the responsible party is processing.

2. Processing information with regards to Criminal conduct or unlawful conduct for example criminal checks.

3. Processing information for the purpose of credit reporting for example credit checks.

4. Transferring special information (for example children’s information) to a 3rd party in a foreign country.

Responsible parties can apply for an extension until February to obtain the necessary authorization from the Information Regulator.